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TUESDAY May 3, 2022: 'WIN, PLACE, SHOW' by award winning photographers Scott G. Serio and Evers of Cal Sport Media via ZUMA Press Wire: On the first Saturday in May, spectators will gather to the see an elite group of jockeys and race horses at the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby. First held in 1875 at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, the Derby is the longest-running sports event in the United States. Dubbed the 'Run for the Roses,' the Derby features three-year-old thoroughbreds racing a distance of 1.25 miles. The event was started by Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., grandson of explorer William Clark, of Lewis and Clark Expedition fame. Clark, who was inspired by horse races he'd seen in Europe, raised the money to build Churchill Downs on land donated by his uncles. Today, some 150,000 spectators gather annually in May at Churchill Downs for the Derby, sometimes referred to as ''the greatest two minutes in sports.'' Besides placing bets on horses, Derby fans are famous for drinking mint juleps, singing ''Old Kentucky Home'' and wearing flamboyant hats. Welcome to 'WIN, PLACE, SHOW'
© zReportage.com Story of the Week #837: TUESDAY May 3, 2022: 'WIN, PLACE, SHOW' by award winning photographers Scott G. Serio and Evers of Cal Sport Media via ZUMA Press Wire: On the first Saturday in May, spectators will gather to the see an elite group of jockeys and race horses at the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby. First held in 1875 at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, the Derby is the longest-running sports event in the United States. Dubbed the 'Run for the Roses,' the Derby features three-year-old thoroughbreds racing a distance of 1.25 miles. The event was started by Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., grandson of explorer William Clark, of Lewis and Clark Expedition fame. Clark, who was inspired by horse races he'd seen in Europe, raised the money to build Churchill Downs on land donated by his uncles. Today, some 150,000 spectators gather annually in May at Churchill Downs for the Derby, sometimes referred to as ''the greatest two minutes in sports.'' Besides placing bets on horses, Derby fans are famous for drinking mint juleps, singing ''Old Kentucky Home'' and wearing flamboyant hats. Welcome to 'WIN, PLACE, SHOW'
A horse in silhouette walks shed row as riders and horses prepare for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville. First held in 1875, the Derby is the longest-running sports event in the United States.
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Horses head to and from the track during morning exercise workouts in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
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Horses head to and from the track during morning exercise workouts in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
© Scott G. Serio/CSM via ZUMA Press Wire
Benches usually occupied by photographers taking pictures of the thoroughbred superstars, stand empty during a morning downpour at early workouts at Churchill Downs in Louisville ahead of the Kentucky Derby.
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'Secret Oath,' trained by D. Wayne Lukas, gets bath after training for the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Secret Oath earned her first graded stakes win in impressive fashion. Historically, horses who earn at least 40 points tend to make the field for the Kentucky Derby, so simply finishing second in a 100 point race has the potential to securely place a horse into the starting gate.
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'Epicenter' works inside of 'stalemate Alejandro' as he completes his final track workout for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
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A horse passes the track kitchen windows on the backside during morning workouts as horses exercise in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
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A horse gets a bath during early morning workouts as thoroughbreds exercise in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
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'Mo Donegal' trained by Todd A. Pletcher, gallops during a sunrise workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
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'Epicenter' trained by Steven M. Asmussen, during a track workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
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An exercise rider gathers his tack during morning workouts as horses exercise in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
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Steam rises as a horse gets a bath on the backside at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week as others exercise in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks in Louisville.
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Tack sits ready for the next set during morning workouts as horses exercise in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. Tack is the equipment used to ride a horse and comprises of the saddle and bridle with their components. Every rider, whether they are heading out for morning works or to the paddock for race day, tacks up.
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A farrier works on a horse's shoes during morning workouts as horses exercise in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
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Race horse 'White Abarrio,' trained by Saffie A. Joseph, Jr., in his stall at Churchill Downs in Louisville, ahead of the Kentucky Derby. White Abarrio finished third in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) two days after Thanksgiving last fall. He returned to the Derby City early Monday morning from his South Florida base. All Derby horses are 3-year-olds, meaning each horse has just one chance in its lifetime to race the Kentucky Derby.
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Trainer TIM YAKTEEN is interviewed by the media after his horses early workout for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Yakteen had been to the Kentucky Derby before, back when he was an assistant trainer, but never like this, with two top contenders who only came to his barn weeks ago owing to the suspension of six-time Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert.
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'Mo Donegal,' trained by Todd A. Pletcher, gets a bath after exercising for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
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Thoroughbred superstar 'Secret Oath,' trained by D. Wayne Lukas, exercises in preparation for the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
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MARY ELLET with her lead pony 'Rocco' on the backside at Churchill Downs. Rocco is an 12-year-old red roan gelding. A red roan is a horse with a base color of chestnut that is affected by the roan gene which creates a mixture of white hair mingled with red hair.
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MARY ELLET with her thoroughbred superstar 'Rocco' meet a young racing fan on the backside at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
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French trainer RODOLPHE BRISSET with 'filly Yuugiri' at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The filly could offer a first success at the highest level to her young trainer.
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Scott Serio

Scott Serio is an award winning photographer who specializes on horse sports and has covered equestrian events around the world for Eclipse Sportswire. Scott is available for assignments through Cal Sport Media and ZUMA Press.:837



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