Water and soap splashes against the back of a horse during a bath after workout on the backside of Churchill Downs. Horses are bathed after they work out in the mornings to keep the horses warm and clean.
Light reflects on the barns on the backside of Churchill downs. During Derby week, expensive tickets can be paid to visit the stables to view the Oaks and Derby horses as they work out and are bathed in the days leading up to the race.
Models are interviewed as the sun rises next to the track at Churchill Downs on the morning of the Oaks race, the fourth highest attended horse race in America behind the Triple Crown. The Oaks is a filly race, meaning only female horses can enter. The race has become a symbol for women's health issues and is used as a fundraiser for breast cancer research
Puddles and cans litter the pavement of the infield. The infield costs the least to get into at Churchill Downs and is a staple for local high school and college students each year. The view of the track is obstructed by a a large fence, making the infield more about the experience than being able to watch the races.
A couple smoke cigars and drink alcohol against a bush near the paddock area of Churchill Downs.
Fans pack the grandstands of Millionaire's row to watch a race. The Oaks and Derby races have developed their own fashion wear that borders between expensive and outrageous. The 142nd Derby attracted the second-largest crowd attendance in the race's history, totaling 167,227 people showing up to Churchill Downs to witness the race.
A man watches the races from the rooftops with a pair of binoculars. The twin spires that were originally iconic of Churchill Downs are now surrounded by high grandstands to accommodate the growing crowds. Churchill Downs installed the world's largest screen that stands almost 200 feet in the air to display a better view of the races than what most seats offer.
The rose garland teams stows the roses that will be handed to the winning horse's owners, trainer and jockey. The Derby has been nicknamed the "Run for the Roses" because of the 400 roses that are weaved together to create a blanket that is hung over the winning horse.
Danzing Candy leads the pack around the first turn just ahead of Nyquist in the running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Nyquist, who was the 2-1 favorite, would go on to defend his undefeated streak later on in the race but lose in the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness.
Nyquist, purple and white, won the 141st in front of the second-largest crowd in Derby history.
Women kiss in the infield after the Derby. Even on Derby day other races are ran, and is not the last race of the day but the vast majority of attendants leave immediately after the race.
Julie and Justin Thompson, of Detroit, rest in the infield for their second Derby. "There's nothing like it in Michigan," Julie said. Nyquist was named for a Detroit hockey player. People come from around the world to see America's oldest horse race in Kentucky, nicknamed the horse capital of the world.