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 horses walk over from the backside to the paddock before the race.
Queen Elizabeth at Churchill Downs on Derby day
The photographers on the turf course trying to get a shot of the Queen
The crowd in the stands on Derby day
The Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses
A mint julep vendor at work. This year the juleps were $9.00, beer was $7.00, and a bottle of water was $4.00. Most food items were $8.00.
A UPS 747 jumbo jet comes in for a landing at the Louisville airport on Oaks day. UPS has their main hub in Louisville.
Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel celebrates while parading for the fans.
Trainer Todd Pletcher doesn't look like he enjoyed Derby day very much. He had 5 of the 20 horses this year and his best finish was 6th. He is now 0 for 19 in the Derby with Invisible Ink's second place finish in 2001 his best so far.
This was one of the more interesting hats I saw over the weekend.
He had the rabbit's foot on one side and a rose on the other.
A couple of the pony horses from Derby day. They had ribbons to match the horse they escorted in the Derby braided into their tails.
An outrider catches a loose horse on Wednesday morning during the workouts.
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.