The 144th Kentucky Derby: A day at the races

The track surface at Churchill Downs has been downgraded to sloppy about four hours before the Kentucky Derby is run.

Showers have been falling since mid-day in Louisville. The surface was listed as fast to begin the racing card and then went to muddy and is now sloppy.

Fans are seeking shelter under any overhang they can find, while donning plastic ponchos over their outfits and hats.

Here’s a look at the atmosphere at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day. (AP)

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<p>Fans huddle under plastic before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

Fans huddle under plastic before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP)

<p>Ricardo Santana Jr. is covered in mud after riding Whitmore in a race before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

Ricardo Santana Jr. is covered in mud after riding Whitmore in a race before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

<p>A general view from the infield during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 5, 2018. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

A general view from the infield during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 5, 2018. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

<p>Proctor’s Ledge #6, ridden by John Velazquez, wins the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Mary Meek/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

Proctor’s Ledge #6, ridden by John Velazquez, wins the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Mary Meek/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)

<p>Chris Stock of Chattanooga, Tenn., places bets before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

Chris Stock of Chattanooga, Tenn., places bets before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

<p>Ricky Spanish of Des Moines, Iowa wears a hat before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

Ricky Spanish of Des Moines, Iowa wears a hat before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

<p>Outriders walk on the track before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

Outriders walk on the track before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP)

<p>Men wear colorful suits before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

Men wear colorful suits before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP)

<p>DeeDee Sorvino arrives on the red carpet with a horse shaped purse during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 5, 2018. (Photo: Mark Zerof/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

DeeDee Sorvino arrives on the red carpet with a horse shaped purse during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 5, 2018. (Photo: Mark Zerof/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

<p>Tractors groom the track before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 5, 2018. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

Tractors groom the track before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 5, 2018. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

<p>The infield on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

The infield on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)

<p>LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 05: A woman wears a fancy hat on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 05: A woman wears a fancy hat on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)

<p>Emily Falco of Denver watches a race before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

Emily Falco of Denver watches a race before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

<p>yA man wears a blow up suit in the shape of a jockey and his horse on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

yA man wears a blow up suit in the shape of a jockey and his horse on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)

<p>An Elvis impersonator on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo : Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

An Elvis impersonator on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo : Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)

<p>A woman puts on a plastic cover before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

A woman puts on a plastic cover before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP)

<p>A general view of roses in the infield before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 5, 2018. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

A general view of roses in the infield before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 5, 2018. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

<p>Fans crowd the tunnel to escape the downpour on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

Fans crowd the tunnel to escape the downpour on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)

<p>A woman wears a hat before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

A woman wears a hat before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

<p>Horse racing fans shelter themselves from the rain during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 5, 2018. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

Horse racing fans shelter themselves from the rain during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., May 5, 2018. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

<p>A man wears a horse mask with a rose on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

A man wears a horse mask with a rose on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)

<p>A horse heads onto the track for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 4, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP) </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

A horse heads onto the track for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 4, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP)

<p>A horse gets a bath after a morning workout at Churchill Downs, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP </p>
The 144th Kentucky Derby

A horse gets a bath after a morning workout at Churchill Downs, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP

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