AP PHOTOS: Wild hats & fast horses at Ky. Derby

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Bold hats, big bets and thundering hooves are the order of the day at the Kentucky Derby, where the 140th run for the roses is taking place Saturday at Churchill Downs.

People-watching remained a popular activity when the horses weren't running on a mild, breezy Derby Day. Colorful plumed hats — a Derby fashion staple — were plentiful as tens of thousands of fans filed into the famed racetrack.

California Chrome was the morning-line favorite among the 19 horses entered in the race. Temperatures were expected in the low 70s with a slight chance of showers at race time.

Here are some images from Churchill Downs.

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