2017 Kentucky Derby

Dazzling and Dirty Shots From the Kentucky Derby

The most exciting — and stunning — two minutes in sports.

It’s the oldest continuously held sporting event in the United States — and it may be the most magnificent. Every spring since 1875, thousands of fans flock to Louisville, Kentucky, for the “Run for the Roses," an iconic horse-racing event known for its spectacular sights and timeless traditions. The imposing beauty of the Kentucky Derby extends far beyond just the race — the rich colors, the awe-inspiring architecture, and a whole lot of crazy hats. Here, a look at the Derby through a different lens.

IT’S A DUEL Jamie Squire/Getty Images IT’S A DUEL Churchill Downs' striking sunrises never get old. CAKED ON Icon Sportswire/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images CAKED ON Horse racing can be a dirty job, but it comes with the territory. WEAR IT WITH PRIDE Chris Graythen/Getty Images WEAR IT WITH PRIDE You can never have enough horses on your Derby hat. SLOP ALONG Patrick Smith/Getty Images SLOP ALONG A messy track always kicks the race up a notch. BLACK BEAUTY Harry How/Getty Images BLACK BEAUTY It’s hard to eclipse the Kentucky Derby’s striking visuals. TIERS OF JOY Patrick Smith/Getty Images TIERS OF JOY Whatever your seat, the Derby is the ultimate viewing party. SPECS ON SPECS ON SPECS Patrick Smith/Getty Images SPECS ON SPECS ON SPECS Multiple sets of goggles — one of a jockey’s tricks of the trade. WELL RED Michael Loccisano WELL RED Derby-goers are a colorful cast of characters. BY DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT Matthew Stockman/Getty Images BY DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT Nothing beats the barn's beauty during bath time. CAUTION: SLOPPIER WHEN WET Getty Images CAUTION: SLOPPIER WHEN WET Rain or shine, the infield at Churchill Downs is guaranteed to get messy. FAIR-FEATHER FAN Andy Lyons/Getty Images FAIR-FEATHER FAN Elaborate hats make for fantastic pictures.