A Tale of Two Derbys – by Luke Sharrett

Kentucky Derby

Racegoers wear Derby hats at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Louisville, KY-based photographer Luke Sharrett covered the 140th Kentucky Derby for Bloomberg News.

This year I covered the 140th Kentucky Derby for Bloomberg News. It was an enjoyable change of pace to focus on the business side of things. As I wandered Churchill Downs for two days something struck me. From the ultra rich to the indebted gambling addict, all types turn out for the big day. It’s quintessential Kentucky. Horses, betting, big hats and bourbon. From the billionaires on the grandstand balcony, to the common man packed in the sweaty infield, there’s a place for everyone. Take a quick stroll under the grandstand on Derby morning and you’re sure to brush shoulders with horse lovers, socialites, racing fans, gamblers, millionaires, revelers, curious culture seekers, and drunk college students. Indeed, the Kentucky Derby is a curious cross-section of class and culture.

See more photos on Luke’s blog.

Kentucky Derby

Early birds arrive ahead of the inevitable Derby crowds.

Kentucky Derby

Eyes are fixed on the races as trifectas hang in the balance.

Kentucky Derby

Rosie Napravnik atop Untapable and Dan Schweickhardt of Alcoa, Tenn.

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