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Roses, red carpet and rain: Scenes from a soggy Kentucky Derby

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How good are race fans at Kentucky Derby trivia? Umm ...

Kentucky Derby fans at Churchill Downs in Louisville try to answer trivia questions before the 143rd Run for the Roses.
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Kentucky Derby fans at Churchill Downs in Louisville try to answer trivia questions before the 143rd Run for the Roses.

To roses, add rain. The 143rd Kentucky Derby promises to be a rainy one, but racing fans aren’t letting the weather dampen their spirits at Churchill Downs.

Follow Derby day through social media posts by Herald-Leader reporters and photographers at the Downs. Check back for updates throughout the day.

Tag along with a Churchill Downs mint julep and champagne vendor at the Kentucky Derby. Anyone thirsty?

Damon Young didn't let the rain keep him from being high-spirited as he wanded fans entering Gate 1 for the Kentucky Derby. Video by Charles Bertram

Harry Connick Jr. on the Kentucky Derby red carpet talks about what viewers, racing fans can expect from his rendition of the national anthem.

Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges talked betting, drinking and his Kentucky Derby pick on the red carpet.

The Derby infield started hoppin' after - or because of - the rain as participants used it as the backdrop for all sorts of fun.

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