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The 144th Kentucky Derby

Fans huddle under plastic before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP)

The 144th Kentucky Derby: A day at the races

The track surface at Churchill Downs has been downgraded to sloppy about four hours before the Kentucky Derby is run.

Showers have been falling since mid-day in Louisville. The surface was listed as fast to begin the racing card and then went to muddy and is now sloppy.

Fans are seeking shelter under any overhang they can find, while donning plastic ponchos over their outfits and hats.

Here’s a look at the atmosphere at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day. (AP)

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