Photos: Stars line red carpet for Kentucky Derby

Photos: Stars line red carpet for Kentucky Derby

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Figure skaters Tara Lipinski (L) and Johnny Weir attend 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Posted on May 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Updated Saturday, May 3 at 4:31 PM

Stars line red carpet for Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Former figure skater Johnny Weir's feathery white hat rose high above his head as he walked the red carpet at Churchill Downs, bringing his flair for fashion to the Kentucky Derby.

Weir, who made a fashion splash as a network host at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, joined dozens of athletes, musicians and actors getting the paparazzi treatment at the track's annual celebrity event Saturday afternoon.

Musicians Miranda Lambert, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora and Cheryl "Salt" James from Salt-N-Pepa made appearances, along with former NBA star Scottie Pippen, the NFL's Ndamukong Suh and retired baseball player Ken Griffey Jr.

Actress Angela Bassett, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and Marlon and Jackie Jackson from the Jackson 5 also strolled down the red carpet.

Name game: How the Derby horses got their names

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The names for the 19 horses running in the 140th Kentucky Derby were inspired by a diverse set of people, horses and places, from television stars to the survivors of the attacks on the Boston Marathon.

By post position order, here are the explanations for each name. The No. 1 stall in the starting gate will be empty after Hoppertunity was scratched.

2. VICAR'S IN TROUBLE: Sire is Into Mischief and Vicar is a name on the dam's side.

3. HARRY'S HOLIDAY: His sire is Harlan's Holiday.

4. UNCLE SIGH: Named for Uncle Si Robertson of reality TV show "Duck Dynasty"; colt's co-owner is a fan of show. He donates at least 10 percent of his horses' earnings to charities supporting injured military veterans.

5. DANZA: Sire is Street Boss and one of the owners says he's a tough colt; Tony Danza, best known for his roles on the TV comedies "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss?" served as human inspiration.

6. CALIFORNIA CHROME: Owners picked name out of a hat; chrome refers to the bay colt's coloring.

7. SAMRAAT: Owned by Leonard Riggio, chairman of Barnes & Noble bookstore chain.

8. WE MISS ARTIE: Named for late family friend of owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

9. GENERAL A ROD: No connection to baseball's Alex Rodriguez.

10. VINCEREMOS: Name is Spanish word that means "we will overcome."

11. WILDCAT RED: Sire is D'wildcat and an owner though his coat looked red when colt was younger.

12. DANCE WITH FATE: Sire is Two Step Salsa and dam is Flirting With Fate.

13. CHITU: Trainer Bob Baffert says colt is named for a standout horse from China and it's pronounced "Chee-too."

14. MEDAL COUNT: Son of Dynaformer, who sired ill-fated 2006 Derby winner Barbaro.

15. TAPITURE: Extension of sire's name Tapit.

16. INTENSE HOLIDAY: Sire is Harlan's Holiday and dam is Intensify. Chris Mara, senior VP of player personnel for NFL's Giants, is a partner in Starlight Racing, which owns the colt. His daughters are actresses Rooney and Kate Mara.

17. COMMANDING CURVE: Sire's name is Master Command.

18. CANDY BOY: Sire is Candy Ride and the name Candy Girl is on its side of the breeding.

19. RIDE ON CURLIN: Sire is two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and dam is Magical Ride.

20. WICKED STRONG: Named for victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombings and a nod to Bostonians' habit of using "wicked" as an adjective.

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