1 The twin spires atop the grandstands are the most recognizable architectural feature of Churchill Downs were designed by architect Joseph Dominic Baldez and built in 1895.
2 There were many objects flying around - planes with banners and the famous dirigible Goodyear Blimp.
3 Some 'girls' getting ready for Kentucky Oaks
4 Crowds streaming into Kentucky Oaks, held on Friday, the day before the Derby.
5 The infield of this very popular race hosts numerous musical attractions, boardwalk games, food, and beverage vendors.
6 Kathy and I were very well-treated at the track. We were taken around by Security Officer Joiner.
7 We went to the backside to view the Derby contenders. There were lots of horses and lots of security.
8 Officer Joiner introduced us to one of the famous sheriffs -
9 There were barbecue stations everywhere and they were all yummy!
10 There were cowboys, breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys, etc. everywhere!
11 One of the Derby runner beauties - Arkansas Derby winner Archarcharch - He ran in the Derby on Saturday, but fractured his left front leg and required surgery.
12 Another fast contender
13 And another - this one is a bit wild-eyed.
14 And another - This one seemed very tense but was so very beautiful.
15 And another - The hay is green and the straw is golden - the horses all shimmer
16 Green and gold - the best of Kentucky
17 This is Supreme Ruler.
18 Supreme Ruler is Archarcharch's stablemate and training buddy.
19 Archarcharch again - He finished 15th in the Derby, by the way.
20 Here I am with Val Yagos - She and her husband Bob own Archarcharch.
21 The backside has nice stalls where the horses live while at Churchill Downs.
22 Brilliant Speed finished 7th in the Derby.
23 This horse was resting and looked a bit sad.
24 I loved visiting and getting nuzzled by the horses.
25 Twice The Appeal finished 10th in the Derby.
26 Jakesam ran in the American Turf (Grade II) race and finished 8th.
27 Another horse called Mayhaw
28 Here I am with Dede McGehee, a veterinarian who raises thoroughbred horses. Her bountiful Kentucky garden was featured in last March's issue of Living.
29 Dede was wearing the button for her horse, St. Johns River.
30 Dede's filly, St. Johns River, came in second in the Oaks! She was very pleased and quite surprised!
31 Enter the Susan B Komen For the Cure gang
32 We went to the Millionaires Row for a bite to eat and encountered many women wearing stunning hats.
33 Like this one worn by Gray Henry, adorned with fantastic live peonies!
34 And this one with feathers, passion flowers, and ribbons
35 I posed for many colorful photographs.
36 Did I say colorful?
37 A view of the track from our seats
38 The stands were very full.
39 The horses being led to the gate