Here is a look back at 2018 Kentucky Oaks / Derby “In Pictures.” It was fun, despite the record rainfall; despite the fact that I was a bit weakened by a bout with blood clots that landed me in the hospital just a week out; despite the fact that I really needed Good Magic to win for all my bets placed. It was a memory carved. It was a memory made. It was a memory lived. And, it was a memory loved. Forever.

(Justify romps home / Holly M. Smith Photography)

(Justify and rider Mike Smith led to the winner’s circle / Holly M. Smith Photography)

(KY Oaks winner Monomoy Girl before entering the starting gate / Holly M. Smith Photography)

(Monomoy Girl holds off Wonder Gadot to win the KY Oaks / Holly M. Smith Photography)

(Monomoy Girl and rider Florent Geroux guided into the winner’s circle after the Ky Oaks / Holly M. Smith Photography)

(Our own First Kiss makes he paddock scene on KY Oaks Day / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(First Kiss looking good / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Our own First Kiss ran in a MSW on KY Oaks Day / Holly M. Smith Photography)

 

(Our ride to the 2018 Kentucky Derby, thanks to my great friend Marc Carmichael)

(Rainy day on Saturday at the 2018 Kentucky Derby with my great friends Marc Carmichael & Bill Sears)

(Bill & Kelly Sears / Our greatest friends and allies)

(The beautiful Leigh Ann and Gene on Oaks Day 2018)

(LA was interviewed and photographed over 100 times on Friday / She and her hat appeared on TV and the Churchill Downs BIG SCREEN)

(Gene was well prepared for this year’s festivities)

(Our own First Kiss ran on the 2018 Kentucky Oaks undercard)

(My Boy Jack, winner of the Lexington Stakes / Photo by Holly M. Smith Photography)

(Free Drop Billy, winner of he Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland last Fall / Photo by Holly M. Smith Photography)

Click on Those Pictures Above and Enlarge. They are beautiful

(Only in KY, right?)

(Pretty new, yellow pedestrian bridge that will help with foot traffic flow into and out of this year’s grand Kentucky Oaks/Derby weekend…Photo by Ed DeRosa)

Here is a look at Wednesday:

(One of the radio stations we interviewed with on Wednesday / Photo by Gene McLean)

(Hospitality tent on the Churchill Downs backside was packed / Photo by Gene McLean)

(Kentucky Derby ML favorite Justify / Photo by Gene McLean)

(HOF trainer Bob Baffert chats about both his Derby mounts, Justify and Solomini)

Here is a look at Tuesday:

(Hofburg, runner-up to Audible in this year’s Florida Derby makes his rounds at the barn of Bill Mott on Tuesday morning / Photo by Brad McLean)

(Justify, this year’s Morning Line favorite for the Kentucky Derby, gets his daily bath at the barn of Bob Baffert / Photo by Brad McLean)

(Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert chats with the media about the 2018 Kentucky Derby and life as a top-end trainer / Photo by Brad McLean)

(Exercise rider Nick Bush, who has worked for Todd Pletcher for years, chats with Gene McLean about this year’s mount, Magnum Moon / Photo by Brad McLean)

(Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin celebrates legislation that will enable a permanent tax relief package to any Kentucky racetrack that can attract the Breeders’ Cup. From left: Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery; Keeneland President Bill Thomason; Gov. Bevin; Breeders’ Cup President Craig Favel; David Osborne, Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives; and Sen. Damon Thayer / Photo by Brad McLean)