LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Despite damp grounds, the Kentucky Derby party started early on the infield at Churchill Downs. Bourbon and bets were flowing by 10 a.m., and at least one bachelorette party wound into form.
Tressa Ballard of New Albany, Ind., has lived near Louisville her entire life, but didn't make it to the Kentucky Derby until a friend from Kansas wanted to go in the last couple of years.
As her friend, Melissa Marr, placed bets, Ballard watched the crowd swirl around putting up tents, buying drinks and settling in for a long day in the muggy heat that marked the morning.
Ballard said she had a reason for wanting to attend the Kentucky Derby: "It's the only time of year I'm allowed to drink bourbon for breakfast."
The horses and roses weren't the only famous attractions at the 138th race.
Actors, musicians and even Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler, strutted down the red carpet leading into the historic racetrack on Saturday. The Run for the Roses usually draws those looking to be seen.
Along with Kaeppeler, country singer Miranda Lambert, former University of Kentucky basketball star Anthony Davis and Terry O'Quinn, noted for his role as "John Locke" on the television series "Lost," also made the walk of the famous.
O'Quinn appeared a bit lost when quizzed about his betting plans. When asked which horse he would bet on, O'Quinn replied: "You tell me."
The derby can be seen here on KJRH. Coverage begins at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
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