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.

Beholder

May 2, 2013: Beholder on an early morning gallop the day before the Kentucky Oaks.

I’ve become such a fan of Beholder since her¬†2nd place finish in the Kentucky Oaks. I liked her before, but I just didn’t think she could get the distance and I certainly never gave her enough credit for her previous wins. She’s the 2 year old female champ from last year and she still went off at odds of 9 to 1!

Her connections have said she’s a little quirky, and you’ll notice that she’s always wearing earmuffs. She had some trouble heading into the starting gate in the Oaks and almost fell to the ground, causing Garrett Gomez to jump off her because he thought she might go all the way down. Even after all of that, she still almost held on to win. What a gutsy filly.

Beholder is a daughter of Henny Hughes out of the mare Leslie’s Lady, which makes her a half-sister to the Spendthrift stallion Into Mischief. That’s of note because two sons of Into Mischief ran in the Kentucky Derby this year: Goldencents and Vyjack. What a talented family!

May 2, 2013: Beholder schools in the Churchill Downs paddock in the afternoon between races.

May 2, 2013: Beholder and her earmuffs.

Believe You Can

May 3, 2012: Trainer Larry Jones gallops Believe You Can at Churchill Downs the day before her win in the Kentucky Oaks.

The beautiful Believe You Can (Proud CitizenEl Fasto) won the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks in May and came in 3rd in the Grade 1 Mother Goose in her next start. Her connections felt she needed some time off, so she had several months rest before resuming training with Larry Jones. She is back on the work tab as of the beginning of December, so it will be fun to see if she returns to form in 2013.

Believe You Can was ridden by Rosie Napravnik, who became the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks in its 138th running.