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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.

 Tequila swigging racing fans hit the annual Far Hills charity horse race hard this weekend

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Tequila swigging racing fans hit the annual Far Hills charity horse race hard this weekend

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.

 The New Jersey based race has developed a notorious reputation for drunken debauchery

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The New Jersey based race has developed a notorious reputation for drunken debauchery
 The annual event welcomed its 98th year on the racing calendar with its usual boozed up raucousness

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The annual event welcomed its 98th year on the racing calendar with its usual boozed up raucousness
 A couple lock lips as the track side party gets into full swing

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A couple lock lips as the track side party gets into full swing
 This was the first year that punters were allowed to have a flutter on the geegees at the all American affair

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This was the first year that punters were allowed to have a flutter on the geegees at the all American affair

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.

 Race goers lined up the liquor in the notorious tailgating area at the event

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Race goers lined up the liquor in the notorious tailgating area at the event
 One racegoer slipped on a horse mask at the race meet

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One racegoer slipped on a horse mask at the race meet
 Police are seen escorting away a reveller in handcuffs after vowing to crack down on alcohol fuelled bad behaviour

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Police are seen escorting away a reveller in handcuffs after vowing to crack down on alcohol fuelled bad behaviour
 A woman stands by an incredibly well stocked bar in the back of a 4x4

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A woman stands by an incredibly well stocked bar in the back of a 4×4
 The revelry reduced the tailgating area to a quagmire as people boozed up in the muddy field

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The revelry reduced the tailgating area to a quagmire as people boozed up in the muddy field
 The aftermath saw cups and bottles littering the area as the racegoers headed home

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The aftermath saw cups and bottles littering the area as the racegoers headed home

The exact number of arrests related to the event is currently still not known.

The historic race on Moorland Farm is frequently used as reunion day for university and school students.

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.


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