Kentucky Derby Radar: More Rain for Churchill Downs

By Vickie Frantz, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
May 4, 2013; 1:25 PM ET
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Trainer Rudy Rodriguez rides Kentucky Derby entrant Vyjack for a workout at Churchill Downs Monday, April 29, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

The same storm system that brought historic snow to the Plains and Upper Midwest is spending today spreading rain across Churchill Downs, home to this evening's 139th running of the Kentucky Derby.

The race, called "the fastest two minutes," is one and one quarter mile long. Only 3-year-old thoroughbreds can compete in the race.

Annually, 100,000 people or more attend the race at Churchill Downs. Spectators attending this year's race may want to wear raincoats and waterproof shoes.

After temperatures warmed to 78 degrees on Friday, today has turned out to be cloudy, cooler and wet.

Temperatures held steady in the lower 60s this morning, but fell into the 50s once rain started falling during the midday hours. More rain will fall through the start of the race.

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The wet weather will not stop with the conclusion of this evening's Kentucky Derby. Additional rain will follow for tonight and Sunday at Churchill Downs with a lingering shower or thunderstorm on Monday.

AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.

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