The Countdown Begins

My Kentucky Oaks/Derby tickets arrived in the mail last week. It’s official, I’m ready to head to Churchill Downs right now. The countdown to the Derby has begun!

Making matters even more exciting is the fact that the racing partnership I’m involved with may have a filly running on Oaks day and a colt running on Derby day. They won’t be participating in any of the stakes, but it’s still an honor to just be a part of such big days of racing. I’ll have more on this later, but I’m really looking forward to all the fun!

Glancing back over last year’s Derby field, here’s the lovely Bodemeister:

May 3, 2012: Bodemeister gallops a few mornings before his 2nd place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

Bodemeister

May 19, 2012: Bodemeister at Pimlico for the Preakness.

This stunning colt is Bodemeister, on his way to be saddled for the Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore, MD. He ran a gutsy second to I’ll Have Another, just like he did in the Kentucky Derby. We had rail seats mid-stretch for the second year in a row, so I had a perfect view of each horse as they walked by from the barns to be saddled.

I have several other photos of Bode that I’ll add over the next few weeks, so I’ll just let this one stand on its own.