Check out Friday's photos of the 102nd American Dog Derby.

Friday's blue skies and excited dogs led to great racing for the 21 racers that competed during the 102nd American Dog Derby in Ashton.

Officials shortened the course to 24 miles for the open class racers this year due to freezing rain and snow that shut down roads around Ashton on Thursday night.

The derby is accustomed to bad weather. During the first race in March 1917 only four of 16 racers were able to start - those four were forced to spend the night on the course because the weather was so harsh.

The racing continues on Saturday at 8:30 for professionals. At 10 a.m. spectators will have the opportunity to have staff fit their dogs with harnesses and sleds to try out the sport. At noon there will be a weighted sled pull.

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