Photos: Kentucky Derby hat extravaganza

Photos: Kentucky Derby hat extravaganza

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04: A race fan wearing a festive hat attends the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamey Price/Getty Images)

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Posted on May 5, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 10:48 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Steady rain pelted Churchill Downs on Saturday leading to the Kentucky Derby, with the bugler wearing a red poncho as he blew the call to the post for early races.

The condition of the track was steadily downgraded to sloppy. Heavy rollers went over the dirt surface to pack the top layer and prevent water from seeping into the base, but it still resembled creamy peanut butter.

A track spokesman said a quarter of inch had fallen by mid-afternoon, with lighter amounts expected before post time at 6:24 p.m. EDT.

 

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