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Photo gallery: Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs


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Although no Triple Crown was in store this year, you can still see behind-the-scenes at the 138th annual Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. This photo gallery showcases the day at the races of Dr. Bryce Peckham, the state veterinarian for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. (Photos by Valerie Peckham)

Trainer Steve Asmussen in the paddock standing behind jockey Corey Nakatini and with his filly Ticket to Broadway, first race on Oaks Day.

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Ticket to Broadway on the walking ring in the paddock.

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Start of the first race on Derby day.  Overnight showers rendered an early muddy track.

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Approaching the finish in race No. 1 on Derby day.

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Winner of race No. 1, Atigun, with last year’s Churchill Downs riding champion, Julien Leparoux.



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After winning a 1 1/16 mile race, Atigun is cooled down before being walked to the test barn.

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The starting gates for The Kentucky Derby. Note the adjunct six-stall gate to accommodate the 20 starters. The track has dried out and is now “fast.”

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The Derby ‘field’ approaches the starting gates during the warm up before the big race.

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The front doors of the gates have just been closed as the gate crew goes around behind the gates to load the horses.

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The “break” or start of the 138th running of The Kentucky Derby.

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In the final turn on the way to the home stretch and finish line, the favorite Bodemeister is in front. The eventual winner I’ll Have Another is mid-track (purple helmet and sleeves) running fourth and closing. Bodemeister finished in second place.

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The Derby winner I’ll Have Another approaching the winners' circle.

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Looking down track at the Derby record crowd of fans in the impressively large Churchill grandstand. The famous Twin Spires can be seen in the background.

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The Derby winners' circle presentation platform, where the governor of Kentucky will present the Derby trophy to the connections of I’ll Have Another.

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Hundreds of roses adorn The Kentucky Derby winners circle, used for only one race each year on the first Saturday in May.  Note it sits in the infield behind the main and turf tracks.

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Between the grandstand and saddling paddock stands the bronze statue of Aristides, winner of the 1st Derby in 1875, surrounded by red roses.

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Unique, glamorous, and outlandish hats are a tradition at The Kentucky Derby.

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