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    Downpour Dampens the Derby

    By Violeta Yas
    May 14, 2013, 5:38:10 AM EDT

    The 139th Kentucky Derby was indeed a soggy one, thanks to a slow-moving storm system that brought more than 1.50 of rain to Louisville, Ky. The over-sized hats were able to provide some protection, but most spectators also opted for ponchos and additional rain gear.

    However, how might rain impact some of the competitors? Most horses don't usually train in wet weather, and few are unlucky enough to have to race in it. A wet track means the thoroughbreds will exert more energy to run and gain footing, and so the more powerful horses have the advantage here. Also, slow-starting horses could have an even harder time gaining momentum when the track is exceptionally muddy.

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