A horse is lead to the track in the early morning hours, long before the races.
A horse is washed down in the morning hours, while others are being warmed up on the track.
Isaac Ford of Louisville smokes a cigar while watching the second race of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. This was Ford’s first Derby. “It’s pure Kentucky and pure Louisville, I love it,” Ford said about his first Derby experience.
Amanda Mcknight of Newburgh, New York (left) and Shanna Fuld of New York, New York (right) cheer on their pick to win an early race during at Churchill Downs. “I decided I wanted to go to the derby last year in June, so I’ve been waiting for this day for a year,” Fuld said.
Rick Stoler watches the race track and makes notes on his program. “I’m just here to have a good time, thats what its about,” Stoler said.
Men in colorful suits sand and talk in the enfield of at Churchill Downs.
A woman walks through the enfield.
A woman follows the horses to the paddock barefoot down the rain-soaked track.
Patrons line up to place wagers in the enfield.
A man walks across a makeshift bridge placed over a puddle to the wagering windows.
Carlos Gomez types on his phone while standing under a dumpster bin's roof to avoid the rain. Gomez came to Louisville from Alaska with his son for the 2018 Kentucky Derby. “It's bucket list time for me, I’m here with my son, I never realized how big it is, its amazing,” Gomez said.
Moica Campos helps April Shelton adjust her poncho when the rain started to pour heavier.
Timothy Jason Rikard, of Georgia, dances and shouts in a crowd of people in the enfield.
David O’rourke and Ashley Stirrett kiss in the enfield while rain pours down.
Jocky Mike Smith rides Justify to the starting line for the 144 running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Justify, with Mike Smith up, passes Promises Fulfilled to take the lead.
Jocky Mike Smith celebrates after winning the Kentucky Derby atop Justify. This was the second Derby win for Smith.
Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby winning horse Justify, speaks at a press conference after the race.