A group of well-dressed Soviet men ran up to the betting window at Churchill Downs, waving their money in the air.

"Number nine," one said with uncertainty as he handed over two dollar bills for his first bet Tuesday at the famed home track of the Kentucky Derby. "Number seven," said another.

With their $2 win tickets in hand, the six Soviet visitors went to watch the race, and figure out what they had done.

The rest of their group of 18 chose to sit out the first race at the track, one of the last stops on the first day of their two-day tour of Kentucky.

"We like it here. I love Kentucky," Vladimir Aksyonov, a cosmonaut, said through an interpreter.