Crowds brave rain, security lines for Kentucky Derby
Race fans wearing festive hats attend the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rain and extra security slowed down morning crowds at the Kentucky Derby, but thousands of poncho-covered racing fans were still expected to fill Churchill Downs.
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Early fans were unfazed as Kentucky National Guardsmen searched bags and passed metal-detecting wands over race-goers Saturday in Louisville. The tightened security imposed in response to the Boston Marathon bombings was similar to actions taken after 9/11.
In 2009, the track relaxed some policies, but most of the measures were reinstated this year, including a ban on coolers. Fans this year can purchase disposable coolers inside Churchill Downs, complete with ice.
Among other things, the track banned backpacks and large purses. And despite a forecast for rain all day, umbrellas were not allowed.
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