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Beautiful weather brings the wildest race fans to the Infield

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Without a question, the Infield is the craziest section when you're at Derby, and today's beautiful weather brought out the wildest race fans.

After initial worries about the weather, the 2014 Run for the Roses ended up being sunny and warm -- and no one appreciated the weather more than those in the infield.

"I've been to two other Derbies before, and it was Monsoon rain, but today -- it is a picture-perfect day today," said Matt Pecard of Dayton, Ohio.

And new this year, is a digital display at Churchill Downs that is larger than three NBA basketball courts.

"Jerry Jones has to be pretty upset that he has a second-tier TV compared to that," said Chris Shibley, also of Dayton, Ohio.

A 15,000 square-foot video board ensures that no one leaves Churchill Downs without seeing a horse.

"It gives you the experience of seeing the whole track, but sitting down on a blanket," said Crystal, a Derby attendee in the Infield. "It's perfect."

Unique to the Infield, people haul in all kinds of items to keep them comfortable throughout the day, and inside that clear plastic bag or regulation-sized purse is often one restricted item that race fans say they can't do without, and they don't want to pay extra for. Alcohol.

"Security never wants to mess with a tampon," Crystal said as she pulled out a flask disguised as a feminine hygiene product.

As some race fans have found sneaky ways to get their booze past security.

"How drunk are you planning on getting today?" WDRB's Courtney Godfrey asked one attendee we kept anonymous.

"I'm planning to not know my name later," she said.

The alcohol started to kick in long before the big race, bringing on big talkers with bold moves.

"I've got my wife over here, I've got my girlfriend, I've got my mistress, and you're actually looking pretty good, so if you want to join the stable, come on in," one race fan told Godfrey.

And as the cheapest ticket to the race, at about $50, it doesn't mean these race fans won't win big.

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