Rain showers possible at Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Ponchos, rain boots and fancy hats were in fashion as tens of thousands of racing fans filed into Churchill Downs for the running of the 137th Kentucky Derby.

While gas prices across the country neared $4 a gallon, prices at the track Saturday held steady, with mint juleps going for $10 on the infield, same as 2010. Les Parrett of Seattle figures the Derby is a good deal at any price, noting that bets are still $2.

National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Callahan says light rain is possible in Louisville - just enough to make the Churchill Downs infield muddy Saturday. Callahan says the first batch of rain could reach Louisville by late morning, with scattered showers in the afternoon.

Crowds are arriving under cloudy skies and cool temperatures.

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