Crowds Brave Rain, Security Lines For Ky. Derby

3:35 PM, May 4, 2013   |    comments
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rain and extra security slowed down morning crowds at the Kentucky Derby, but thousands of poncho-covered racing fans were still expected to fill Churchill Downs.
   Early fans were unfazed as Kentucky National Guardsmen searched bags and passed metal-detecting wands over race-goers Saturday in Louisville. The tightened security imposed in response to the Boston Marathon bombings was similar to actions taken after 9/11.
   In 2009, the track relaxed some policies, but most of the measures were reinstated this year, including a ban on coolers. Fans this year can purchase disposable coolers inside Churchill Downs, complete with ice.
   Among other things, the track banned backpacks and large purses. And despite a forecast for rain all day, umbrellas were not allowed.

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