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Racing Into the Night

The air was balmy and the mood was festive as the spring meet at Churchill Downs kicked off on Saturday night. A crowd of 38,142 — a record for a non-Kentucky Oaks, Derby, or Breeders’ Cup day — packed the track to watch Machen overpower Dominus by a neck to win the Grade 3 Derby Trial. Eclipse Sportswire photographer Eric Patterson roamed the scene, capturing the giddiness and fun of opening night at Churchill.

All photos credit: Eric Patterson/Eclipse Sportswire

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Author PhotoJessica Chapel is the co-founder of Kentucky Confidential, founder of Raceday 360, and developer of Breeders’ Cup 360. She's blogged about horse racing as Railbird since June 2004 and is a contributing editor to Hello Race Fans. More by  ›