SLIDESHOW: Celebrities hit the Red Carpet for Derby 139!
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A gaggle of athletes, actors and musicians took to the red carpet at Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby 139.
The first-time attendees included former NBA stars Scottie Pippen and Gary Payton, actress Jane Seymour and country music stars Luke Bryan and Martina McBride.
"I love it is so fun. Just to see all the atmosphere and everybody so excited and it's just a really fun event. I hope to come back," said McBride during a red carpet interview with WDRB News.
Actress Jane Seymour spoke of her betting strategy, inspired by her mother's wisdom. "My mother always told me the (horse) that relieved himself last -- that's the one to bet on. I'm not sure I'll have that opportunity. I'm just going to have to count on some tips that a lot of friends have sent me."
Former NBA greats like Gary Payton and Scottie Pippen also took in the sights.
Pippen told WDRB News' Bennett Haeberle he was glad to attend his first Derby and even got the chance to play a round of golf at Valhalla country club.
"It's been great. A lot of people, a lot of excitement. (We've received) a lot of love from people at the Derby," Pippen said.
Gary Payton, who spent 13 seasons in the NBA, said he enjoyed meeting new celebrities and attending Derby parties.
"Being around all the guys, being around the other celebrities. We are having fun and going to events and stuff like that. And you know how many hat shops they got around there and seeing all the different hats, I like that."
Actor Jason Biggs was hoping to find a searsucker sweatsuit but settled for this red blazer.
"I'm having a blast. I don't want it to end. I kinda feel like after the race that at 6:30 tonight we should pay some people and hire some people and bet on them running around the course and stuff."
University of Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino was pulling for his horse, Goldencents. He said the key to winning the Derby means "staying out of trouble."
"It's just the greatest two minutes in sports. It starts out and you see your horse and if it doesn't get knocked around a little bit you got a shot," Pitino said.
Other notables attending included rock star Kid Rock, celebrity stylist Carson Kressley and actor/director Emelio Estevez.
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