SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. –Despite the heat, the Saratoga Race Course is open for the season.
"The excitement, there's nothing like the excitement," said Alan Moore of Nigraville.
Anticipation for the 150th anniversary season has been building; the heat that came with it was not welcomed.
Justin Rising told NEWS10 he knew it would be uncomfortable when he drove up from Schenectady, but he says there's no better way to celebrate his 21st birthday. But he is taking precautions to stay safe.
"We got tents set up to get some shade and try and beat this heat."
Others, like George Chacon and his wife tried to embrace the heat.
"Doesn't bother me. Little bit of sweat. It's all right," said Chacon.
Meteorologists said it would hit about 95 degrees during the day Friday, but to many in attendance it felt hotter. But those that turned out, whether out of tradition or for their first time, tell NEWS10 the higher temperatures really weren't that bad. They sought out shade at picnic tables or brought their own chairs. Water was also a necessity, although some like James Mikolaycik say an adult beverage couldn't hurt.
"I got a cocktail. I got a hat. We're in the shade. It's good," he said.