Soggy Derby Day doesn't dampen party for some Derby goers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Ponchos and rain boots are in fashion on a day usually devoted to sundresses and fancy suits at the Kentucky Derby.

Steady rain has turned part of the sprawling Churchill Downs infield into a muddy pit hours before the Derby. But some hardy fans staked out prime spots to watch what for many is a yearly pilgrimage to watch the world's most famous horse race.

Danielle Bunker's flowery hat drooped and rain dripped from her pink poncho as she settled in on the waterlogged track infield. But she wasn't going to let the gloomy weather dampen her bachelorette party.

Bobby McGohon, attending his 33rd straight Derby, constructed a makeshift tent with lawn chairs and tarps to stay dry on the infield.

Skies were clearing by early afternoon.

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Reporters Dylan Lovan and Claire Galofaro contributed to this report.

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