BOOZE flowed and clothes came off as tens of thousands of racing fans turned out for one of the USA’s oldest horse races.
The race meet at Far Hills, New Jersey has been a tradition in the North Eastern state for 98 years.
But the notorious meet is as well known for the alcohol fuelled antics of the spectators as it is for the events on the track.
High spirited attendees of the charity event were seen knocking back tequila, vodka and whiskey from the bottle as the wild off course antics got into full swing on Saturday.
This year the meet had the added vice of gambling as attendees were allowed to bet for the first time in the nearly century old fixture.
Pictures showed revellers locking lips as they danced around in the muddy fields and some were even snapped performing keg stands.
Cops had vowed to crack down on underage drinkers at the event but that didn’t dampen the celebrations.
Many revellers were seen receiving medical treatment after hitting the hooch too hard.Several were seen apparently unconscious being stretchered off by paramedics.
Others were taken into custody by police covered in blood after their horsing around turned ugly with fights breaking out in the crowd.
The exact number of arrests related to the event is currently still not known.
Local prosecutor Michael Robertson said before the day: “The Far Hills Race is one of the oldest traditions that takes place each Fall here in Somerset County.
“I have attended the race myself over many years and have enjoyed the people and great atmosphere.”
But he admitted: “Law enforcement, as well as the Far Hills Race Commission, has serious concerns about the underage drinking problem that exists at this event.”
This year’s purse was £662,000 with the day’s climax being the £346,000 Grand National which was won this year by Jury Duty.