Thousands Attend the Kentucky Derby

Posted May 5th, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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The bourbon-laced mint juleps are flowing as thousands of people descend Saturday on Churchill Downs for the 138th annual Kentucky Derby. Millions more are watching one of the world's most famous horse races on television.

Spectators at the race in Louisville, Kentucky will likely be decked out in their usual fine regalia – pastel colored seersucker pants for the men and impressive millinery creations for the women.

Another tradition of the horse race is the playing of Stephen Foster's song — My Old Kentucky Home. The song is controversial because it contains racist lyrics.

Weather forecasters say the sun will shine bright, but scattered thunderstorms are also predicted.

And then there are the horses — the real stars of the Kentucky Derby.

Sports writers say the 20-horse field is one of the most most talented in years. Odds makers say Bodemeister and Union Rags are the top contenders, relegating undefeated Gemologist to third place.