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.
Triple Crown quick links:
Oxbow upsets in the Preakness - Oxbow led the entire way in the Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday at Pimlico with Itsmyluckyday second and Mylute third. Heavy favorite Orb made a mild move to finish fourth. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Preakness undercard stakes results - There were 7 other stakes on the card, highlighted by the Dixie Stakes (G2) won by Skyring and the Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (G3) won by Summer Applause. Get the results, charts, and photos for 6 of the races here.
Fiftyshadesofhay wins the Black-Eyed Susan - Fiftyshadesofhay just got up to win the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) on Friday at Pimlico by a neck over Marathon Lady with favorite Emollient 6th. On the undercard, Last Gunfighter won the Pimlico Special (G3). Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Analyzing the Preakness Stakes Contenders for 2013 - My annual analysis using popular angles and statistical trends to see who best matches the profile of a Preakness winner. The big surprise is that Kentucky Derby winner Orb is not in the top group!
Orb wins the Kentucky Derby - Orb was far back early but took the lead in the stretch and drew off to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) by 2 1/2 lengths over longshot Golden Soul and Revolutionary. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
More Kentucky Derby Photos - More photos from the day including more of Orb, the trophy, the roses, Martina McBride, and lots of mud.
Kentucky Derby undercard stakes results - There were 5 other stakes on Derby day including the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) won by 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan and the Humana Distaff Stakes (G1) won by Aubby K. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Princess of Sylmar upsets in the Kentucky Oaks - She rallied from far back to win the Kentucky Oaks by a half length over Beholder and Unlimited Budget, while favorite Dreaming of Julia was fourth. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Kentucky Oaks undercard stakes results - There were 5 other stakes on Oaks day including the La Troienne Stakes (G2) won by Authenticity and the Alysheba Stakes (G3) won by Take Charge Indy. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Kentucky Oaks Entries - A field of 11 fillies will go, with Gulfstream Oaks winner Dreaming of Julia favorite at 3-1 from post 8. Get the post positions, odds, and free past performances here.
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.