The wait is almost over. We've gone from having almost no idea a few short months ago the contenders for this year's Kentucky Derby to knowing who will be in the gate. Now we just have a few hours left.
All this week, and throughout the Triple Crown races, we'll be seeing the important events and moments unfold through photographer Eric Kalet's and contributor Nellie Hertenstein's keen eyes.
Check out their latest batch of photos from the morning backstretch activities. Later in the day, they were on the frontside at Churchill Downs, as a record crowd was on hand for the Kentucky Oaks to watch Cathryn Sophia score an easy victory.
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