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Kentucky Derby infield, 1983

Posted on May 7, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
The crowd in the infield on Derby Day, May 7, 1983 at Churchill Downs. The crowd of 85,000 spread out across the 144 acres of the infield was described by Kentucky Derby regulars as one of the raunchiest in memory. Across the grounds, women found themselves as instant celebrities as they lifted their shirts to the cheers of many around. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

The crowd in the infield at Churchill Downs on Derby Day, May 7, 1983. Many of the 85,000 in attendance were spread out across the 144 acres of the infield, and the crowd was described by Kentucky Derby regulars as one of the raunchiest in memory. Across the grounds, women found themselves instant celebrities as they lifted their shirts to the cheers of many around them. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Infield revelers climbed up on a huge white garden urn and encouraged a woman to strip. Across the grounds, women found themselves as instant celebrities as they lifted their shirts to the cheers of many around. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

Infield revelers climbed up on a huge white garden urn and encouraged a woman to strip. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Louisville police officers detain some Kentucky Derby infield patrons May 7, 1983 at Churchill Downs. Many were taken to a holding cell located nearby. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

Louisville police officers detained some Kentucky Derby infield patrons on May 7, 1983, at Churchill Downs. Many were taken to a holding cell nearby. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Despite the threat of barbed wire fence, infield patrons climbed up the outside of a restroom entrance May 7, 1983 at Churchill Downs. Not more than 100 yards away were several dense clumps of bushes that served as alternate restroom space as the afternoon wore on. Photo by CHarles Bertram | staff

Despite the threat of barbed wire fence, infield patrons climbed up the outside of a restroom entrance on May 7, 1983, at Churchill Downs. Not more than 100 yards away were several dense clumps of bushes that served as alternate restroom space as the afternoon wore on. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Officer Paul Bullock confiscated whiskey in loaves of bread. Guards at the gates tried to take any alcohol but of course, much made its way in. One Louisville man poured vodka into plastic zip-lock bags, then hid them beneath a salad in a Tupperware bowl. He made it successfully past the gate. Photo by Christy Porter | staff

Officer Paul Bullock confiscated whiskey in loaves of bread. Guards at the gates tried to take any alcohol, but of course, much made its way in. One Louisville man poured vodka into plastic zip-lock bags, then hid them beneath a salad in a Tupperware bowl. He made it successfully past the gate. Photo by Christy Porter | Staff

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