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  • Jim "Jim Bob" Douglas, who works the starting gate at Churchill Downs, gets his morning caffeine from a soda machine at the horse race track. Start crews work seasonally and are busy during Triple Crown season which includes the Kentucky Derby.
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  • The Bleachers at the famed Churchill Downs horse race track sit empty the morning before the Kentucky Derby.
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  • Eight Belles, a philly running in the Kentucky Derby, gets ready for a practice start several days before the big race. Eight Belles finished in second place behind Big Brown but broke her ankles during the race and quickly euthanized on the race track. Her death brought to light questions about breeding practices and treatment of race horses.
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  • Gate Training. Start crews work seasonally and are busy during Triple Crown season which includes the Kentucky Derby.
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  • Protective vests hang in the starter's office at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Start crews are required to wear the vests for protection due to their working in close contact with the animals while loading them in the gates. Thoroughbred race horses are known to be tempermental and powerful and can cause serious injury. Start crews work seasonally and are busy during Triple Crown season which includes the Kentucky Derby.
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  • The Churchill Downs start crew play a friendly game of cards between races. Start crews work seasonally and are busy during Triple Crown season which includes the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • The Churchill Downs start crew awaits the race horses (pony leading in front). Start crews work seasonally and are busy during Triple Crown season which includes the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Tulips at Churchill Downs, home to the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Scene from above at Churchill Downs race track, home to the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Scene from above at Churchill Downs race track, home to the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Scene from above at Churchill Downs race track, home to the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Scott Jordan is the starter at Churchill Downs. Start crews work seasonally and are busy during Triple Crown season which includes the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • A grass track race at Churchill Downs race track in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Horse race fans watch the finish of a race during Derby Week at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Spring blossoms and a morning run at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Jim "Jim Bob" Douglas takes a short mid-day nap before returning to work. Start crews work seasonally and are busy during Triple Crown season which includes the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Start crews work seasonally and are busy during Triple Crown season which includes the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Start crews work seasonally and are busy during Triple Crown season which includes the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • The starting crew loads the gates for a grass track horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Start crews work seasonally and are busy during Triple Crown season which includes the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • The starting crew loads the gates for a grass track horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Start crews work seasonally and are busy during Triple Crown season which includes the Kentucky Derby.
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  • A worker maintains a horse stable at Churchill Downs race track in Louisville Kentucky, home of the famed Kentucky Derby.
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  • Sctott Jordan, the starter at Churchill Downs, uses a truck mirror for an impromtu dressing room as he gets ready for Derby Day. Churchill Downs is the home of the Kentucky Derby. Start crews work seasonally and are busy during Triple Crown season which includes the Kentucky Derby.
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  • The start of a horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, home to the Kentucky Derby.
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  • The start of a horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, home to the Kentucky Derby.
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  • Famed horse race trainer Nicholas Zito watches the Kentucky Oaks race results in disappointment.
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