Patrons dress in their finest attire and pack themselves in to mingle, watch the races
and the fashion.
Two people were arrested for possession of cocaine on the first day of the five day event this year, so the police have decided to crack down on drug use among the 40,000 person crowd.
Officers with sniffer dogs have been patrolling the grounds to identify spectators carrying narcotics. White metal depository boxes have been placed around the course, and at the Grandstand Enclosure entrance. Guests are asked to deposit their illegal drugs into these boxes.
It's only fair, as the horses are drug-tested before the race.
The boxes are secured by a nylon cable tie to keep miscreants from appropriating the drugs.
A neighbor noticed the activity and reported it to police, but the thieves made off with an estimated $ 25,000 worth of pot. The council waste experts expressed their thanks to the unidentified individuals for making their disposal task easier.
The embarrassed police issued an apology and replaced the broken lock on the neighbors' gate.