I already have lots of pictures online from the races for you, but here is a selection of scenes from Derby week that you might not see if you weren't there yourself. Click on the small image to view a larger version.
The Derby field post parade with the starting gate in the background.
The crowd around the paddock before the 3rd race on Derby Day. It just gets more crowded as the day goes on.
One of the many signs being flown around during the day
The twin spires as seen from the turf course
The twin spires as seen from the backside during morning works
The horses walk over for the Kentucky Derby
The call to the post for the Derby and the singing of "My Old Kentucky Home"
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro schools in the paddock under the twin spires on Wednesday before the race.
The Kentucky Derby trophies
Secretariat.com had a booth at the track selling various Secretariat related items and his jockey Ron Turcotte was on hand to autograph things.
The horses race past the Derby winner's circle on Thursday afternoon.
Triple Crown quick links:
Top Kentucky Derby Contenders - my list of the top horses headed to the Derby with profiles for each with photos, stats, and link to more info like past performances and pedigree.
Analyzing the top 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders - My annual analysis of the top contenders to try and select a winner by matching each to the profile of a Kentucky Derby winner using many of the more popular angles and statistical trends. This year there were is a 3-way tie for the top spot: Goldencents, Normandy Invasion, and Overanalyze.
2013 Kentucky Derby And Oaks Security - New enhanced stricter rules will be enforced this year. Be sure to read the rules as many have changed and more things are banned. There will still be magnetic wand searches of all patrons and many things are no longer allowed. Check here to make sure you don't bring anything they will confiscate.
Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2013 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks.
Review: Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments - Commemorative DVD from Churchill Downs with video from 27 different runnings along with interviews, photos, and historical info. Definitely recommended for any racing fan!
Review: Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack by Kimberly Gatto. An entertaining and informative account of the history of the track and it's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, with lots of photos. Definitely recommended.