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Hats shine at 139th running of the Kentucky Derby despite gloomy forecast

The Kentucky Derby is known as much for hats and high fashion as it is for fast horses. This year, rains are swamping Churchill Downs, but fans on the infield are still holding their heads -- and their hats -- high.
 

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May 4, 2013: Joel Rosario rides Orb during the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
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May 4, 2013: Jinny Keen, from Louisville, Ky., wears a handmade hat, celebrating her 44th Derby appearance before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Desirae Masterson, from Indianapolis, Ind., with her hat covered in a plastic bag to protect it from the rain, shares a mint julep with her husband Ray before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Outrider horses walk through the mud on the Churchill Downs track before the 139th Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Spectators walk through security checks before entering Churchill Downs during the 139th Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Dana Settles wears a fancy hat during the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs  in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Race goers take cover from rain under their jackets before the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

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May 4, 2013: Jennifer Parod, Tucson, Az., looks out from her plastic covered hat before the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
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May 4, 2013: Spectators watch as horses make their way through the paddock area the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: A spectator, covered in plastic to protect herself from the rain, waits for a race during the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: From left, Donna Osborne, from Clemens, N.C., waits in the rain with Annie and Oz before the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Retired NBA player Scot Pollard arrives with a friend to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Country singer Luke Bryan arrives with his wife Caroline to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Actress Kyrsten Ritter arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Ruth Musillami, from Columbus, Ind., uses a plastic cover to protect her hat from the rain before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: From left, Amanda Dugan, Bernadette Osborne and Tracy Clay watch the fourth race before the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: A spectator protects her fancy hat from the rain before the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Tim Rask, from Iowa City, Iowa, shows off his fancy hat with Theresa Klingenberg before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs  in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Exercise rider Laura McInerney attempts to controls Derby entry Lines of Battle during an early morning workout before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Willy Weaver, from Albany, Ga., walks through the paddock area before the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Actress Jane Seymour arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Race goers walk through water puddles before the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Jennifer Tilly poses as she arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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May 4, 2013: Former NFL player Tikki Barber arrives with his wife Ginny to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. 

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Hats shine at 139th running of the Kentucky Derby despite gloomy forecast

The Kentucky Derby is known as much for hats and high fashion as it is for fast horses. This year, rains are swamping Churchill Downs, but fans on the infield are still holding their heads -- and their hats -- high.
 

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