Bolo

Bolo out on the Churchill Downs track early on Kentucky Oaks morning.

Bolo out on the Churchill Downs track early on Kentucky Oaks morning.

Bolo, the stunning colt by Temple City, was out on the track early on Kentucky Oaks morning to stretch his legs. He always stands out in a crowd.

Catalina Red

Catalina Red warms up without a pony before his win in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes.

Catalina Red warms up without a pony before his win in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes.

Javier Castellano and Catalina Red, another speedy son of Munnings, won the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes on the Kentucky Derby undercard on Saturday. He wasn’t far off Groupie Doll’s track record, with the two greys–Calculator and Kobe’s Back–behind him to complete the trifecta.

Mohaymen

Mohaymen grazes after his run in the Kentucky Derby.

Mohaymen grazes after his run in the Kentucky Derby.

Part of Mohaymen’s routine includes being grazed three times per day for at least 30 minutes. An hour after his run in the Kentucky Derby, where he finished a respectable 4th, he was intently munching away on the green grass behind his barn. Such a wonderfully calm, lovely horse.

Mohaymen the evening of the Kentucky Derby.

Mohaymen the evening of the Kentucky Derby.

Nyquist

Nyquist gets some love from his happy people as he returns to the barn after the Derby.

Nyquist gets some love from his happy people as he returns to the barn after the Derby.

Once Nyquist returned from the detention barn after the Derby, his happy people quickly hosed down his legs and gave him some love. His barn backs up to Longfield Avenue, which is full of houses and people walking by. Someone across the street started playing ‘We Are The Champions’ by Queen as Nyquist stood there, and his ears perked up as he watched the crowd of people across the street. What a cool horse!

Ride On Curlin

Oct 17, 2015: Ride On Curlin at Churchill Downs.

Oct 17, 2015: Ride On Curlin at Churchill Downs.

I took a brief trip to Kentucky in early October 2015, so of course I had to stop by Churchill Downs. Ride On Curlin is always interested in what’s going on around the barn until–yaaaawn–you start to bore him.

Oct 17, 2015: Ride On Curlin at Churchill Downs.

Oct 17, 2015: Ride On Curlin at Churchill Downs.

Oct 17, 2015: Ride On Curlin at Churchill Downs.

Oct 17, 2015: Ride On Curlin at Churchill Downs.

Samraat on the Comeback

May 1, 2014: Samraat galloping in preparation for the Kentucky Derby last year.

May 1, 2014: Samraat galloping in preparation for the Kentucky Derby last year.

Samraat, 5th in the Kentucky Derby and 6th in the Belmont in 2014, is back on the work tab after about one year off. He suffered a stress fracture last year in the Belmont, so it looks like they’ve taken their time with him and brought him back slowly. He’s been galloping for awhile, and posted his second workout this morning at Aqueduct.

I watched him quite a bit last year while he was at Churchill Downs, and he seemed like a really calm, easy-going colt. I wish him and his connections all the best, so here’s hoping for a successful comeback for this handsome guy!

Apr 30, 2014: Samraat waiting for his bath after a gallop at Churchill Downs.

Apr 30, 2014: Samraat waiting for his bath after a gallop at Churchill Downs.

Proud Pioneer

Apr 29, 2015: Pioneerof the Nile tears around his paddock at WinStar Farm in Versailles, KY.

Apr 29, 2015: Pioneerof the Nile tears around his paddock at WinStar Farm in Versailles, KY.

Pioneerof the Nile–2nd in the 2009 Kentucky Derby to Mine That Bird–would be proud to know that his son, American Pharoah, got the win two weeks ago in the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Hopefully Pharoah will also have better luck in the Preakness than his papa, who finished 11th behind Rachel Alexandra in the ’09 edition.

Apr 29, 2015: American Pharoah prepping for the Derby.

Apr 29, 2015: American Pharoah prepping for the Derby.

May 2, 2015: The Kentucky Derby field coming off the Clubhouse turn onto the backstretch, with American Pharoah widest of all.

May 2, 2015: The Kentucky Derby field coming off the Clubhouse turn onto the backstretch, with American Pharoah widest of all.

May 2, 2015: American Pharoah peeks out of Baffert's barn while walking the shed row after his win in the Kentucky Derby.

May 2, 2015: American Pharoah peeks out of Baffert’s barn while walking the shed row after his win in the Kentucky Derby.

May 2, 2015: American Pharoah gets some love after the Derby.

May 2, 2015: American Pharoah gets some love after the Derby.

Untapable at Dawn

Untapable was out for an early gallop while I was at Churchill Downs one morning during Derby week. The lighting for photos isn’t the best before the sun comes up, but she shines through anyway!

Apr 30, 2015: Untapable checks out the Derby week crowd at dawn.

Apr 30, 2015: Untapable checks out the Derby week crowd at dawn.

Apr 30, 2015: Untapable gallops at Churchill Downs.

Apr 30, 2015: Untapable gallops at Churchill Downs.