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Miscellaneous Photos from Derby Day 2013

Date: 05/04/2013

I already have lots of pictures online from the races for you, but here is a selection of scenes from Derby day that you might not see if you weren't there yourself, plus a lot more photos of the running of the Derby and the winner. Click on the small image to view a larger version.

The Kentucky Derby trophies and roses in the winner's circle on Saturday. The lid is actually a separate piece and is tied on to the handles with clear nylon thread so it won't fall off during the presentation and celebration. The big trophy is solid 14kt gold and the smaller ones are sterling silver. Find out more about the trophy here.
 
Four-time Country Music Association "Female Vocalist of the Year" Martina McBride performed the National Anthem from the winner's circle Saturday afternoon in the rain. She had a police office with her to hold an umbrella over her.
 
The Kentucky Derby horses walk over from the barns before the race. Eventual winner Orb is on the far left. The horses break from the gate for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
 
Orb at the back of the pack as they pass by the first time. The horses round the clubhouse turn in the Derby with Orb on the far right (red sleeves).
 
Orb leaves the winner's circle in his new blanket. The garland of roses gets carried out of the winner's circle. The garland will be freeze dried and mounted as a keepsake. Find out more about the garland of roses here.
 
The view Looking back at the twin spires through one of the huge bouquets of roses in the winner's circle. Looking over the muddy track with the rain still falling early in the afternoon. The rain fell all day with a brief break just before the Derby, but it was falling again by the time it was over.
 
Fans who didn't try to cram into the overcrowded covered areas did their best to stay dry with ponchos and makeshift tents from tarps. The jockeys suffered from the mud and rain as well. Rosie Napravnik on Mylute are coated in mud after the Derby and Rafael Bejarano behind her isn't much cleaner.
 
In the fourth race on Derby day, one of the rare white thoroughbreds, Chief White Fox, was entered. He hasn't had a very stellar career and finished 8th in his 6th lifetime start. He has yet to finish better than 4th. You can read more about white thoroughbreds here.
 

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