2012 Kentucky Derby Sights

Image from Kentucky Derby Day 2012.

Roses and Spires? Must be time for the Kentucky Derby.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Rains overnight left the track sloppy and closed to training.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Photo: Rick Samuels

Track Superintendent Butch Lehr worked his magic once again, the track was fast by race 4.

Photo: Crawford Ifland

This was Lehr's last Kentucky Derby as track superintendent, as he is retiring. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (right) wished him well.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Trying for the perfect shot.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Waiting to join the party.

Photo: Rick Schmitt

Hey, look what we found.

Photo: Rick Schmitt

The first race of the day - the dash for the infield.

Photo: Rick Schmitt

Nobody gets my spot.

Photo: Rick Schmitt

Nothing like a brass band on a warm spring day.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Mary J. Blige mesmorized the crowd with her singing of the National Anthem,

Photo: Chad Harmon

and her outfit wasn't bad either.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

However, Derby fashion takes many forms.

Photo: Chad Harmon

A colorful derby outfit at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012.

Photo: Chad Harmon

A custom derby jacket at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012.

Photo: Chad Harmon

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Photo: Rick Schmitt

Red is obviously their color.

Photo: Rick Samuels

A couple of well-dressed Bafferts.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Of course, the most important Derby accessory is the right hat

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Derby hats in front of the Churchill Downs Spires.

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Derby fashion.

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

Derby hats in front of the Churchill Downs Spires.

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

This is what happens when Derby Day falls on Cinco de Mayo.

Photo: Chad Harmon

Some unique derby outfits in the infield at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012.

Photo: Chad Harmon

Only one word to describe this,

Photo: Dave Harmon

and this:

Photo: Mathea Kelley

YUM

Photo: Rick Samuels

The games of the Derby.

Photo: Chad Harmon

Time for a little cornhole.

Photo: Chad Harmon

A different kind of 'game.'

Photo: Chad Harmon

fit for the whole family,

Photo: Rick Samuels

and even the governor.

Photo: Crawford Ifland

Great Attack started the stakes action with an off the pace victory in the Twin Spires Sprint Stakes (gr. III).

Photo: Mathea Kelley

The Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) was a battle between Shackleford (right) and Amazombie.

Photo: Kevin Thompson

It was Shackleford and Jesus Castanon that took the win, as Shackleford won his first race since last year's Preakness (gr. I).

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Hungry Island went by Tapitsfly to take the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr, IIT).

Photo: Dave Harmon

Thumbs up from John Velazquez after Hungry Island's run.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Groupie Doll dominated the Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I), establishing a new track record for 7 furlongs.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Rajiv Maragh and Groupie Doll after their win.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Little Mike and Joe Bravo could not be caught in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I).

Photo: Mathea Kelley

The happy connections of Little Mike

Photo: Dave Harmon

The starting crew is ready to handle the 20 horses of the Derby.

Photo: Chad Harmon

The trophies have been shined.

Photo: Crawford Ifland

Bob Costas is making his entrance.

Photo: Dave Harmon

The horses are called to the post.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

The roses are ready, and

Photo: Mathea Kelley

the finish is in sight.

Photo: Chad Harmon

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