2014 Kentucky Derby Day

People and horses of Kentucky Derby Day 2014

The new video board made a big impression.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

There was much anticipation waiting for the gates to open.

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Photo: Rick Schmitt

And They're Off!

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Photo: Rick Schmitt

This pair dueled early,

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Photo: Dave W. Harmon

and the yellow silked runner seemed poised for victory,

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Photo: Dave W. Harmon

but, the self proclaimed "Mayor of The Infield" was not to be denied.

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Photo: Rick Schmitt

The crowd parted for the arrival of an A- list celebrity,

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Photo: Rick Samuels

and the Paparazzi swarmed in.

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Photo: Dave W. Harmon

Not sure what the fuss is, they seem to be everywhere.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

although they do make for an attractive photo.

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Photo: Mathea Kelley

Even the Pick 6 was looking rosey.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT) opened the stakes action for the day.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Coffee Clique outfinished Dame Marie to get the victory.

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Photo: Mathea Kelley

To make a fine mint julep, start with good bourbon,

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

and add mint and ice.

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

and find a convenient way to transport,

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

or improvise.

At the Derby mint juleps also come in larger sizes, and move under their own power.

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Maybe, champagne is more your style.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

This is enough for me, but what are you going to drink?

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Photo: Mathea Kelley

Midnight Lucky hadn't run since last May,

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

but she cruised to victory in the Humana Distatt (gr. I) under Rosie Napravnik.

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Photo: Dave W. Harmon

Uncle Sigh owner Chip McEwan, center, is joined by Laura and Scotti Schreader of Clarksville, Tenn., members of the Wounded Warriors. McEwan donates 10% of purses from his runners' winnings to a variety of organizations that work with veterans.

Keeping everything secure

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

A perfect day for making new friends.

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

Who needs a program?

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

I got the horse right here.

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Now, this is a selfie the whole world will envy.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Celebrities are not limited to the red carpet. Here's Waldo,

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

and Colonel Sanders,

and...I'm certain she must be someone.

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

Off in the American Turf Stakes (gr. IIT).  

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Photo: Dave W. Harmon

Global View (center) wore down Storming Inti to get the victory.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

Global View and Gary Stevens after winning the American Turf.

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Photo: Dave W. Harmon

It wouldn't be the Derby without the hats.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

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Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

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Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Bigger is better, right?

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Photo: Mathea Kelley

A horse-themed hat is always appropriate.

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Extra points if you have patriotic horses adorning you.

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

However, Derby fashion is not limited to hats.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Wearing matching clothing is helpful, so that you can keep track of your friends.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Nor, is fashion limited to the humans.

Photo: Dave W. Harmon

In the Churchill Downs (gr. II), Corey Nakatani and Central Banker upset the field.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Central Banker refused to lose, holding off Shakin It Up to the wire.

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Photo: Dave W. Harmon

Hi, do I know you?

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Ok, what are we looking at?

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

Seriously, what is it?

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

There is someone famous over there, right?

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Smile!

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

A beautiful day at Churchill Downs, and chrome makes it even better.

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

Wise Dan's defense of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) looked in doubt, as he was rank early.

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Photo: Mathea Kelley

and things were a little tense for Wise Dan's connections watching the race,

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

But, Wise Dan showed his heart,

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

and in the end there was much rejoicing.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Larry Collmus is ready to make the call,

Photo: Skip Dickstein

the gate crew is in place,

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

the trophies are lined up,

Photo: Mathea Kelley

and we have cigars for the winner.

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

So, gather up the crowd,

Photo: Mathea Kelley

and get a good spot,

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to watch the tractor go by?

Photo: Mathea Kelley

No matter, just sip your mint julep and enjoy the day.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

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