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Dozens attend Kentucky Derby Watch Party in Saratoga Springs

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It probably comes as no surprise that dozens attended the third annual Kentucky Derby Watch Party at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs. YNN's Madeleine Rivera was there and has more on how this is just the beginning of the city's busiest season.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Hundreds of miles away from Louisville, Kentucky, a group of horseracing fans watched the race. They might not have been at the track. But for some of them, this was the next best thing.

"This is the perfect day in all of the year to get dressed and to wear a hat and gloves and matching purse," said Kathleen Lisson.

Nearly 100 people gathered for the third annual Kentucky Derby Watch Party in the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga. They share a passion.

"I love horses. It really has nothing to do with the racing. I like to watch the horses. I like to anticipate how they feel, and I just have a compassion for horses," said Sydney Dickinson.

It seems fitting then that all the proceeds from this event go to the Old Friends Cabin Creek in Greenfield Center. It's a retirement center for horses that no longer race.

"These animals give us so much unconditional love and so much pleasure. How could you not take care of them when they can no longer run?" said Paula Hayes, a Saratoga County resident.

And, many would argue horseracing is the quintessential activity in Saratoga Springs.

"It lives, breathes, and does everything around horses. From young to old, everyone knows about the horses," said Hayes.

This year, that history will be brought to life.

"This is the 150th year celebration of Saratoga Race Center. So yeah, it just comes to life. The town swells to ten times its size," said JoAnn Pepper, co-owner of the Old Friends at Cabin Creek.

Pepper estimates that they've risen between $10,000 to $12,000 at the event.

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