A lifelong dream come true: I go to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby!
We were in the second floor of the clubhouse, with a great view and even better, an overhang to protect us from the rain!
The entrance to the grandstand
I got to meet Ron Turcotte. He rode Secretariat to a Triple Crown victory in 1973, having won the Derby on Riva Ridge in 1972. He also won the fastest Derby and Belmont (and the Preakness, too, but the timer malfunctioned) and his 31-length win on Secretariat in the Belmont remains an all-time record achievement.
The view of the post parade as the horses head to the starting gate. It poured for most of the day, but the sun came out when the horses stepped onto the track.
Super Saver goes back to the barn in front of us, having raced into history
In the paddock with the statue of Aristides, who won the first Derby in 1875
The mint julep is the traditional drink of the Derby. The glasses are a popular souvenir and for $10 you get to keep the glass.
With the Early Times Mint Julep mascot
At the Barbaro statue, near the entrance.
My lifelong dream comes true!
A statue of Barbaro, the 2006 winner, stands at the entrance.
The first Derby I've ever actually bet, and I picked the winner. My $5 ticket on Super Saver paid $45.00.