A horse is lead to the track in the early morning hours, long before the races.
Filly "Flossie" is washed down in the stables at Churchill Downs.
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.
Cynthia and Bob Smith of Elizabethtown walk across the enfield during the Kentucky Derby. “We just moved to Kentucky, so we decided we had to this is all about. We were expecting so much worse, traffic and congestion," Cynthia Smith said.
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.
People avoid puddles while walking to concession stands and booths in the enfield. The 144 Derby had the most recorded rainfall of any Derby in history with 3.15 inches of rainfall.
Women in colorful hats make their way to place wagers on an upcoming race.
Karyn Giannini of San Francisco covers her hat with a program while making her way to the grandstands.
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.
Simon Mcgahan, of Doublin Ireland, cheers as his pick for race winner crosses the finish line.
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.
Justify and jocky Mike Smith are led to the winners’ circle after winning the Kentucky Derby.
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.