I've never been to the Derby but I went to Churchill Downs and to all the horse racing sites in Kentucky during a family trip when I was 11. My dad was BIG into horse racing; he even took us to a famous racehorse cemetery. We saw 1958 Derby winner Tim Tam's grave. Dad took some grass off his grave and we buried him with it. There's a famous family photo of my dad with my oldest brother when he was about five with Secretariat. Mom still has the box with a few of his oats in it. My dad had the names of all the Derby winners, their owners and their jockeys memorized/Meghann M. Cuniff.
Postscript: Eight Belles placed but sadly injured herself and had to be put down...These graceful,beautiful and powerful animals are also extremely fragile and easily injured. Too many die in this "sport"/Eagle Keeper.