Ducati Marlboro’s Nicky Hayden walked the red carpet at the Kentucky Derby with a host of celebrities and fellow athletes, few of whom hail from the Bluegrass State.Hayden tweeted earlier in the day that he’d be traveling east to the famed twin spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville from his home in Owensboro for the Derby.
Once he arrived, he snapped a photo of the immaculately groomed track, tweeting, “I should have brought my steel shoe and some tear offs…”The photo of Hayden in a suit and tie was included in a gallery of celebrities on www.msnbc.com-click through to photo 25-as well as on the Yahoo News website. Thoroughbred racing is nothing new to the Haydens. Earl Hayden, the family patriarch, raised and bred race horses while raising his sons, and Rose Hayden, Earl’s wife, exercised the horses. The “Kentucky Kid” had the weekend off between last weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix in Estoril and next weekend’s French Grand Prix in Le Mans.