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The crowd in the paddock plaza on Derby Day.

2017 Kentucky Derby Miscellaneous Photos

Date: 05/09/2017

The nasty weather amd mud were the most memorable parts of Oaks and Derby days this year, although we got a bit of sun on Derby day to go along with more rain. It kept the crowds down on Oaks day since it rained the entire day, but the people came out for the Kentucky Derby despite the rain and mud and enjoyed the periods of sun that eventually came. Here are some photos from the weekend other than racing or hats.

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The seats with no cover stayed empty most of Friday except for a few diehard fans with plastic covers for their box. Inside was packed as everyone tried to stay dry.
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Tractors trying to squeeze the water out of the track were a common sight both days.
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Harry Connick Jr. sang the national anthem while playing it on his piano on Saturday and did a very good job of it.
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He gave the photgraphers the thumbs up as he left afterwards.
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The trophies waiting for the Derby winner.
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The crowded stands when the sun was out on Saturday.
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Carrying the Oaks lilys over to the winner's circle.
kentucky dervbyCarruing the Oaks trophies over to the winner's circle.
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Carrying the Derby roses over to the winner's circle.
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Guarding the flowers before the race.
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Close-up of one of the spires with the Kentucky Derby sign.
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A vendor selling Oaks Lilies, Mint Juleps, and Champagne. Cost for a Lily or Julep this year was $14 while the small bottle of champagne was $19. Beer was $12 for premium or $10 for domestic and a bottle of water was $6. It is expensive to get drunk at Derby but there were tons of people who were sloshed anyway.
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During the post parade for the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, a bird landed on the head of the photographer next to me so I snapped a shot. He stayed there for the entire post parade.
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The Kentucky Derby Festival Queen and Princesses in their box on Derby day.

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