The Grandstand Goer
So. Much. Seersucker. The Grandstand Goers are a mix of locals and out-of-towners; some have reserved bleacher seats and some are winging it, happy to mingle amongst the masses. They're the type of people ecstatic just at the idea of dressing up and wearing a hat for the day. You may spot one sneaking a peek at the infield insanity, but you'll definitely see a few female Grandstand Goers holding their heels at the end of the day (because their feet will undoubtedly give out from the constant walking). These people know they're stuck in the middle and are perfectly happy with that: they're over the infield antics but not quite ready to trade in their life savings for a spot on Millionaires Row.
The Serious Better
Forget the amateur “$2 to win on No. 6” bets. That’s child's play for those who come to the Derby looking to make some serious bank. These individuals will be found hunched over racing forms with a pencil in one hand and a cigar in the other. Small cups of bourbon on the rocks surround them, and they could not care less that one of the Real Housewives of Whatever just waltzed by. These guys know you have to bet big to win big, and that's what they intend to do.
Churchill Downs paid out a whopping $154,300,000 to bettors on Derby Day alone last year. It's just another day in the office for these seasoned gamblers who have every intention of returning home a winner this Derby Day.