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Kentucky Derby fans enjoy the races despite near-constant rain and changes to parking and security

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As the rains fell over Churchill Downs on Saturday, the crowds kept flooding in.

The wettest Kentucky Derby on record had visitors finding ways to stay dry and keep their feet out of the mud. 

"There's no staying dry at this point," said Hayli Shelby, who made the trip to Louisville from Texas. 

While the rain isn't new at the track, there were some big changes this year for visitors. The track expanded busing this year, shuttling in more visitors from the Fairgrounds and putting up new fencing along Central Avenue, which limited the crossings as people walked from Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Also, a new temporary pedestrian bridge allowed crowds to cross while the buses kept rolling.

"I thought it went really smoothly," said Sherry Lynn, who traveled from Chicago to see the Kentucky Derby. "The track is obviously investing and improving the overall customer experience."

A new Paddock Gate with self-scan ticket machines greeted crowds as they walked in. Spectators were limited to three main gates this year. 

So despite the traffic and the rainy mess, most people took the slippery conditions in stride.

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