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!

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.

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.

Kentucky Derby Winners on Parade

I spent some time at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week this year, and they provided us with a rare treat between races on the Thursday before the Kentucky Oaks. Two previous winners of the Derby were paraded in the paddock: Funny Cide and Mine That Bird.

Funny Cide won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 2003 before coming in 3rd in that year’s Belmont. He made a total of 38 starts in his career and earned in excess of $3.5 million. His permanent home is the Kentucky Horse Park, but it was fantastic to see him at Churchill Downs. He got a little worked up for the crowd and danced around the paddock, as if he thought he was going to be saddled for the next race.

May 2, 2013: Funny Cide prances around the Churchill Downs paddock between races during Derby week.

Mine That Bird, 50 to 1 longshot winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby, spent this summer as the guest of the Kentucky Derby Museum onsite at Churchill Downs. In 2009, he was also 2nd in the Preakness behind Rachel Alexandra and 3rd in the Belmont. His trainer for the Derby win was Chip Woolley, who was in town this year for the festivities and who led him around the paddock. Mine That Bird is a small gelding, just over 15 hands, but he’s still very fit with beautiful conformation. It’s hard to believe that he’s a half-brother to the strapping Dullahan, who ran 3rd in the 2012 Derby.

May 2, 2013: Chip Woolley escorts Mine That Bird around the paddock. He’s such a lovely little gelding!

May 2, 2013: Funny Cide poses for his fans at Churchill Downs.

May 2, 2013: Mine That Bird and Chip Woolley.

May 2, 2013: Funny Cide gets a little worked up for the crowd.

May 2, 2013: Mine That Bird and Chip Woolley.

May 2, 2013: The charming Mine That Bird.

Onward to the Preakness!

May 2, 2013: Impressive Kentucky Derby winner Orb flies around the track a few mornings before his win in the slop at Churchill Downs.

I’m headed to Baltimore for racing at Pimlico on Friday and Saturday. This will be my first Black-Eyed Susan day, but I’ve been to the Preakness for the last few years. Once again, I’m not allowed to take my good camera because of increased security due to the Boston bombings, but at least the weather should be better than the freezing rain we had at the Derby!

Speaking of the Derby, several of the horses that ran in the Derby are also taking a shot at the Preakness. Here’s a look at a few that I spotted on the track while I was at Churchill Downs.

May 2, 2013: Oxbow will get another shot at Orb in the Preakness. It’s interesting to note that while he’s technically a bay, Oxbow’s coat is full of grey hairs that make him look slightly pale in photos.

May 2, 2013: Will Take Charge gallops at Churchill Downs. His half-brother, Take Charge Indy, ran in the 2012 Kentucky Derby.

May 2, 2013: Itsmyluckyday will hopefully have more luck in the Preakness after finishing 15th in the Kentucky Derby. He’s just so lovely!

May 2, 2013: Goldencents is a bright, beautiful son of Into Mischief, but faded to finish 17th in the Derby.

Another Kentucky Derby Trip

I spent a portion of last week in Kentucky for the Oaks and Derby. We drove 8 hours to get home on Sunday and I jumped straight back into work the next day, so I’ve finally started going through the photos from my trip.

Most of the Oaks and Derby pictures I took are on the disappointing side, since I was not allowed to bring my DSLR with me due to increased security measures. However, I’ve still got some fun ones to share!

I’ll leave you with the charming Agent Di Nozzo for now. This handsome Ghostzapper gelding is in the Steve Margolis barn at Churchill Downs and happens to be stabled next to two horses that are part of my partnership.

May 2, 2013: Agent Di Nozzo is such a sweetheart. I believe this look translates loosely as, “Where is my peppermint, human?”