It's a Travers tradition, as dozens of fans line up in the early morning hours in hopes of claiming a picnic spot. YNN's Erin Moran tells us about those first people through the gates.
SARATOGA RACE COURSE -- They say the early bird gets the worm, but on Travers Day those early birds are looking for the perfect picnic spot.
Some fans lined up outside of the gates for more than six hours before they opened at 7 a.m. on Saturday. It’s the running of the bulls and it is a Saratoga tradition.
It was chaos on early Saturday morning as those dedicated fans sprinted to snag the best spot.
“That front gate opened up and we just charged right in. And then the sprint was on. They opened that gate and it was just time to go,” said Mark, a racing fan.
“You just push trough and you make your way through. We just wanted a little spot,” said Jeanie, a racing fan.
For Jeanie and Mark, their groups found picnic tables and came away unharmed. However, others weren't so lucky.
“It got a little aggressive at Travers this morning. People pushing and shoving kids in the way,” said Clay, a racing fan. “Poor man broke his shoulder.”
Clay was on his way to the hospital for stitches when we caught up with him. And according to him, it was all worth it.