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Tens of thousands of people packed into a wet and muddy Infield at Churchill Downs

Tens of thousands of people packed into a wet and muddy Infield at Churchill Downs Saturday to continue a long Derby tradition.

As legendary as the Kentucky Derby is, the Infield has some legends of its own.  The Infield wouldn't be the Infield without a musician looking for some extra cash.

There's always groups of people dressed alike but these guys in pink scrubs really took it to the next level.

Tim Simpson, Racing fan from Atlanta says, "I don't know any of these guys, actually. We were wearing the same outfits, and I figured I'd hang out."

You might as well call them quacks. They're not real doctors.  Simson says, "We do everything: financial, television, dry cleaning, pretty much everything."

And then you have the bride and her friends.  The "jacket designer" and her friends.

Deanna Amos, Louisville Racing Fan says, "We do a hat-making party at my house every year. Competition gets a little stiffer every year. We all keep our ideas hidden until the unveiling of the hats the night of."

The Infield has no shortage of wacky hats from the self-proclaimed "Mayor of the Infield" to this group in Cardinal red, though not the Louisville Cardinals.

Roy White, Racing fan from St. Louis says, "We have a chartered bus. We're in good hands."

The National Guardsmen are not far away, keeping their eyes on the Infielders watching the races through the fence and sloshing through the mud.

JiM O'Bryan, Louisville Racing Fan says, "I'm on the safe side. I'm not on the backside. I'm over here on the first turn."

And he says he's missed only one Derby.Jim OIM O'Bryan says, "This hat's been around a long time, like me.  I have Derby pins back to 1982."

You know it'd be nice to leave the Infield with pockets full of cash, but all I have is a pack of tissues and a cell phone.

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