The Atlantic City Race Course in Mays Landing is open for the next seven days as the track welcomes thousands for this year's spring boutique.
Twelve horses made their way down the final stretch Thursday afternoon, inside hundreds were betting and in the grand stands you could feel the energy.
"That's the greatest part, when they are coming down the stretch. Everyone is yelling for their number, their jockey," Ray Prehart said.
Thousands are expected here over the next seven days, with races scheduled everyday except for Monday.
"I think it's a step back in time. It's nostalgic. You can bring your children, we welcome them. We're having family day on Saturday," President of the race track Maureen Bugdon said.
The Atlantic City race course has only one event each year and thousands come from all over to enjoy it.
"We're expecting record crowds this year," Bugdon said.
Those record crowds mean a big boost for our area.
"The live racing at the Atlantic City race course is a tremendous boom to the local economy, particularly to the restaurants up and down the Black Horse Pike and within the Hamilton mall.
As South Jersey's last remaining race course, spectators say coming to the track is a unique experience and something they look forward to each year.
"When I was a child we went to Saratoga. My grandparents took me there. It's really quite an experience to watch live horse racing.
Admission to the race track and parking are free of charge.
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