Kentucky Horse | High Stakes in the Bluegrass, National Geographic: Kentucky Derby Horse Race

Thoroughbred horses frozen in mid-air in the Kentucky Derby race.

Thoroughbreds thunder down the dirt track into the first turn in front of the infamous twin spires of Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. The Kentucky Derby, first held in 1875, is the most famous two minutes in horse racing. Also called The Run for the Roses, the winner of the Derby often advances to compete for the Triple Crown.

Photograph made with remote camera place under the rail on the first turn of the track. It was the lead picture featured in a story published on Bluegrass Country in National Geographic magazine.

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