Competitive Edge

Apr 29, 2015: Competitive Edge gets some love while having his feet worked on at Churchill Downs.

Apr 29, 2015: Competitive Edge gets some love while having his feet worked on one morning at Churchill Downs.

Grade 1 winner Competitive Edge, a speedy colt from Super Saver’s first crop, is now retired to stud at Ashford near Versailles, KY. Back in May 2015, he won the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby undercard, so these are a few photos from that week.

May 2, 2015: Competitive Edge in the post parade for the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs.

May 2, 2015: Competitive Edge in the post parade for the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs.

May 2, 2015: Competitive Edge warms up for the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs.

May 2, 2015: Competitive Edge warms up for the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs.

May 2, 2015: The field heads down the backstretch in the Pat Day Mile.

May 2, 2015: The field heads down the backstretch in the Pat Day Mile.

Mornings at the Track

May 2, 2012: The closest you'll get to flying.

May 2, 2012: The closest you’ll get to flying.

I love the quiet of mornings at the track.

I’m planning on spending a week in Louisville for the Derby, but until then, old pictures will have to suffice. These were all personally taken by me at Churchill Downs during 2012, 2013, and 2014 Derby weeks.

May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012

May 3, 2012: Union Rags.

May 3, 2012: Union Rags.

May 2, 2013: Golden Soul a few mornings before his 2nd in the Kentucky Derby.

May 2, 2013: Golden Soul a few mornings before his 2nd in the Kentucky Derby.

May 2, 2013: Frac Daddy before his run in the Kentucky Derby.

May 2, 2013: Frac Daddy before his run in the Kentucky Derby.

May 2, 2013: Close Hatches.

May 2, 2013: Unlimited Budget.

May 2, 2013: Rosie Napravnik on a Wayne Catalano trainee.

May 2, 2013: Rosie Napravnik on a Wayne Catalano trainee.

May 1, 2014: Ride On Curlin.

May 1, 2014: Ride On Curlin.

May 1, 2014: Fashion Plate.

May 1, 2014: Fashion Plate.

May 1, 2014: Medal Count.

May 1, 2014: Commanding Curve.

May 1, 2014: A Bill Mott trainee.

May 1, 2014: A Bill Mott trainee.

May 1, 2014: Jockey Greta Kuntzweiler and her lovely mount.

May 1, 2014: Jockey Greta Kuntzweiler and her lovely mount.

Apr 30, 2014: Danza a few mornings before his 3rd in the Kentucky Derby.

Apr 30, 2014: Danza a few mornings before his 3rd in the Kentucky Derby.

Apr 29, 2014: Seek Again a few mornings before finishing 2nd in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, a head behind multiple Horse of the Year Wise Dan.

Apr 29, 2014: Seek Again a few mornings before finishing 2nd in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, a head behind multiple Horse of the Year Wise Dan.

Apr 30, 2014: Dance With Fate.

Apr 30, 2014: Dance With Fate.

Apr 29, 2014: Kiss Moon.

Apr 29, 2014: Kiss Moon.

Apr 29, 2014: This adorable pony kept stopping to beg for donuts.

Apr 29, 2014: This adorable pony kept stopping to beg for donuts.

Apr 30, 2014: Little Gidding gives her groom a sudsy snort shower.

Apr 30, 2014: Little Gidding gives her groom a sudsy snort shower.

Apr 30, 2014: Intense Holiday.

Apr 30, 2014: Intense Holiday.

Apr 29, 2014: Regally Ready and his pink nose.

Apr 29, 2014: Regally Ready and his pink nose.

 

More California Chrome

May 17, 2014: California Chrome in the stretch of the Preakness.

May 17, 2014: California Chrome and Victor Espinoza in the stretch of the Preakness.

California Chrome is heading into Saturday’s Belmont as a huge favorite, and deservedly so. Here’s hoping that his win streak continues and that he gives us a Triple Crown! I won’t be in New York to witness it in person, but I was able to get to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness this year.

The photos included here are from Churchill Downs and Pimlico. What a handsome colt.

May 1, 2014: California Chrome at Churchill Downs.

May 1, 2014: California Chrome and exercise rider Willie Delgado at Churchill Downs.

May 1, 2014: California Chrome at Churchill Downs.

May 1, 2014: California Chrome gallops at Churchill Downs.

May 1, 2014: California Chrome at Churchill Downs.

May 1, 2014: California Chrome and Willie Delgado at Churchill Downs.

May 1, 2014: California Chrome and Willie Delgado at Churchill Downs.

May 1, 2014: California Chrome and Willie Delgado at Churchill Downs.

A big thank you to my friend Amy for the following two photos of California Chrome getting a bath. She braved a huge throng of reporters, photographers, and fans to get these pictures. Huge. She and I have put thousands of miles on my car while traveling to Kentucky, Maryland, and Virginia for racing and sales. I’m staying home for the Belmont, but she’ll be there!

Yes, I’m completely and utterly jealous.

Now for more Chrome:

May 1, 2014: California Chrome gets a bath in at Churchill Downs.

May 1, 2014: California Chrome gets a bath at Churchill Downs.

May 1, 2014: California Chrome gets a bath at Churchill Downs.

May 1, 2014: A rather goofy, playful California Chrome gets a bath at Churchill Downs.

May 17, 2014: California Chrome is lead over for the Preakness.

May 17, 2014: California Chrome is led over for the Preakness.

May 17, 2014: California Chrome and Victor Espinoza take off to win the Preakness by 1 ½ lengths.

May 17, 2014: California Chrome and Victor Espinoza take off to win the Preakness by 1 ½ lengths.

May 17, 2014: California Chrome gets some love from Willie Delgado after his win in the Preakness.

May 17, 2014: California Chrome gets some love from Willie Delgado after his win in the Preakness.

May 17, 2014: California Chrome and his happy people: Willie Delgado, Steve Coburn, and Victor Espinoza.

May 17, 2014: California Chrome and his happy people after the Preakness: Willie Delgado, Steve Coburn, and Victor Espinoza.

May 17, 2014: California Chrome gets a hug from co-owner Steve Coburn.

May 17, 2014: California Chrome gets a hug from co-owner Steve Coburn after the Preakness.

May 17, 2014: What exactly do you mean by "no"?

May 17, 2014: What exactly do you mean by “no”?

May 17, 2014: Look, a helicopter!

May 17, 2014: Look, a helicopter!

May 17, 2014: California Chrome after his bath.

May 17, 2014: California Chrome after his bath.

Apr 30, 2014: California Chrome.

Apr 30, 2014: California Chrome.

Chitu

Apr 30, 2014: Chitu gallops at Churchill Downs during the time set aside for Derby and Oaks runners.

Apr 30, 2014: Chitu gallops at Churchill Downs during the time set aside for Derby and Oaks contenders.

Chitu, 9th in this year’s Kentucky Derby, is a handsome son of Henny Hughes out of the A.P. Indy mare Ocean Queen. Chitu won the Grade 3 Sunland Derby in March, and has won 3 of 5 starts so far in his career for trainer Bob Baffert.

Apr 29, 2014: Chitu steps out on the track for a morning gallop.

Apr 29, 2014: Chitu steps out on the track for a morning gallop.

Apr 30, 2014: Chitu schools in the Churchill Downs paddock.

Apr 30, 2014: Chitu schools in the Churchill Downs paddock.

Apr 29, 2014: Early morning exercise.

Apr 29, 2014: Early morning exercise for Mr. Handsome.

Apr 29, 2014: Clean Chitu.

Apr 29, 2014: Clean Chitu.

Midnight Lucky

May 1, 2014: Midnight Lucky out for a gallop at Churchill Downs.

May 1, 2014: Midnight Lucky out for a gallop at Churchill Downs.

Midnight Lucky looked great at Churchill Downs in the week leading up to her start in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on May 3, but I wasn’t sure what sort of performance she would put in after a one-year layoff. She certainly answered any questions I might have had, because she beat a nice group of fillies and mares by 4 1/2 lengths. Love this filly!

Apr 30, 2014: Midnight Lucky schooling in the paddock.

Apr 30, 2014: Midnight Lucky schooling in the paddock.

Apr 30, 2014: Midnight Lucky gets some love from Baffert's team.

Apr 30, 2014: Midnight Lucky gets some love from Baffert’s team. She was so incredibly relaxed that nothing seemed to phase her.

Apr 29, 2014: Midnight Lucky gets a morning bath.

Apr 29, 2014: Midnight Lucky gets a morning bath.

Pony Time

A few Churchill Downs ponies during Derby week.

May 1, 2014: An early morning pony.

May 1, 2014: An early morning pony.

May 1, 2014: A pony and his charge wait by the rail.

May 1, 2014: A pony and his charge wait by the rail. I’m pretty sure some gossip was involved.

May 1, 2014: Red the stable pony gets a bath. Such a good boy to stand around without even a lead rope.

May 1, 2014: Red the stable pony gets a bath. Such a good boy to stand around without even a lead rope.

Samraat

I’m going to admit it right now. I’m totally smitten with Samraat and his gigantic ears. Here’s hoping he runs well on Saturday!

Apr 30, 2014: Samraat out for a gallop during the dedicated training time for Derby and Oaks horses.

Apr 30, 2014: Samraat out for a gallop during the dedicated training time for Derby and Oaks horses.

Apr 30, 2014: How can you not love those ears?

Apr 30, 2014: How can you not love those ears?

Apr 30, 2014: Bath time for Samraat.

Apr 30, 2014: Bath time for Samraat.

Apr 30, 2014: At least we know he's athletic. In defense of this spaz attack, he's spooking from a hoard of people clomping down the metal grandstand.

Apr 30, 2014: At least we know he’s athletic. In defense of this spaz attack, he’s spooking from a horde of people clomping down the metal grandstand. It even startled me.

California Chrome

California Chrome, the 5-2 favorite for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, went out on the muddy Churchill Downs track this morning around 7am.

He likes to stand around and take in the scenery, so that’s exactly what they let him do. He walked out onto the track at the gap and stood there for awhile, watching other horses run by and staring at the crowd that had quickly gathered to get a glimpse of him. He eventually trotted off–yelling quite a bit at the crowd as he passed–and galloped twice around the track. As he headed back to the barn for a bath, he was closely followed by a ton of people.

Apr 30, 2014: California Chrome takes in the scenery.

Apr 30, 2014: California Chrome takes in the scenery.

Apr 30, 2014: California Chrome watches other horses running by this morning.

Apr 30, 2014: California Chrome watches other horses running by this morning.

Apr 30, 2014: California Chrome.

Apr 30, 2014: Why are all of these people staring at me?

Apr 30, 2014: California Chrome on his first lap around the track this morning.

Apr 30, 2014: California Chrome on his first lap around the track this morning.

Apr 30, 2014: California Chrome.

Apr 30, 2014: California Chrome.

Churchill Downs Update: 4/29/14

I’ve been having a terrific time hanging out at Churchill Downs this week. I stuck around for paddock schooling during the races today, so here are some pictures of the Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders that made the rounds this afternoon. There are a few other horses tacked on to the end that I thought looked pretty good, too.

Untappable, the current Kentucky Oaks Favorite.

Untapable, the current Kentucky Oaks favorite.

Untappable, the current Kentucky Oaks Favorite.

Untapable, the current Kentucky Oaks favorite.

Untapable, the current Kentucky Oaks Favorite.

Untapable, the current Kentucky Oaks favorite.

Got Lucky drew post 12 for the Kentucky Oaks today.

Got Lucky drew post 12 for the Kentucky Oaks today.

My Miss Sophia drew post 11 for the Kentucky Oaks today.

My Miss Sophia drew post 11 for the Kentucky Oaks today.

My Miss Sophia drew post 11 for the Kentucky Oaks today.

My Miss Sophia drew post 11 for the Kentucky Oaks today.

Ria Antonia, last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner, drew post 2 for the Kentucky Oaks today.

Ria Antonia, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner, drew post 2 for the Kentucky Oaks today.

Tapiture, a contender for this weekend's Kentucky Derby.

Tapiture, a contender for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby.

Tapiture, a contender for this weekend's Kentucky Derby.

Tapiture, a contender for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby.

Ride On Curlin, a contender for this weekend's Kentucky Derby.

Ride On Curlin, a contender for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby.

Ride On Curlin, a contender for this weekend's Kentucky Derby.

Ride On Curlin, a contender for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby.

Candy Boy, a contender for this weekend's Kentucky Derby.

Candy Boy, a contender for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby.

Carving, a multiple stakes winner, is entered to run in an allowance race on Wednesday.

Carving, a multiple stakes winner, is entered to run in an allowance race on Wednesday.

Golden Soul, 2nd in last year's Kentucky Derby to Orb, is entered to run in Friday's Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes.

Golden Soul, 2nd in last year’s Kentucky Derby, is entered to run in Friday’s Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes.

Jojo Warrior is entered to run in Friday's Grade 3 Eight Belles Stakes.

Jojo Warrior is entered to run in Friday’s Grade 3 Eight Belles Stakes.

Fiftyshadesofgold is entered in Friday's Grade 3 Eight Belles Stakes.

Fiftyshadesofgold is entered in Friday’s Grade 3 Eight Belles Stakes.

Shakin It Up, a multiple graded stakes winner, schools in the paddock.

Shakin It Up, a multiple graded stakes winner, schools in the paddock.

Gauntlet isn't a stakes horse, in fact he hasn't even started yet. He was just so gorgeous that I was a bit obsessed with him in the paddock. He's a son of Pulpit and a half-brother to Grade 2 winners Smooth Air and Overdriven.

Gauntlet isn’t a stakes horse, in fact he hasn’t even started yet. He was just so gorgeous that I was a bit smitten with him in the paddock. He’s a son of Pulpit and a half-brother to Grade 2 winners Smooth Air and Overdriven.

Beautiful Bouquet

Since it’s almost time for the Kentucky Oaks…

Bouquet Booth, a lovely daughter of Flower Alley out of the mare Toll Order, is shown here on the undercard of the 2012 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. She was 5th to Plum Pretty in the 2011 Kentucky Oaks.

May 4, 2012: Bouquet Booth in the paddock at Churchill Downs.

May 4, 2012: Bouquet Booth in the paddock at Churchill Downs.

May 4, 2012: Bouquet Booth in the paddock at Churchill Downs.

May 4, 2012: Bouquet Booth in the paddock at Churchill Downs.

May 4, 2012: Bouquet Booth with John Velazquez up.

May 4, 2012: Bouquet Booth with John Velazquez up.