(Kentucky Derby winner Authentic poses for a photo shoot after his appearance at Churchill Downs on a beautiful Saturday morn / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

Editor’s Note:

It was a brisk September morning at Churchill Downs, but it was dark enough to see all the stars. At the very least, the horse stars.

On the track this morning were Kentucky Derby winner Authentic and Kentucky Oaks champ Shedaresthedevil.

On the track were Preakness hopefuls Art Collector and Swiss Skydiver — the first two finishers in the G2 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

Trainer Tommy Drury, who conditions Art Collector for owner Bruce Lunsford, was happy with his horse and the work this morning under the Twin Spires. When contacted via text, the affable trainer wrote:

“Very pleased. Gallped out well and took one big breath when he came back.”

The key follow-up question is “who” took the deep breath. My bet is that it was Tommy, who had to scratch his prized pupil the week of the Kentucky Derby when he injured a hoof in his last major work before the 146th running of the world’s greatest race.

Now, the duo is headed to Baltimore and the Preakness Stakes next.

On the track, too, were Thousand Words and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

Like we wrote…

It was a day full of stars.

It was a picture perfect day.

And, the best at Coady Photography wee able to capture all the pictures, well, perfectly…

Here’s a look see:

Kentucky Oaks Winner Shedaresthedevil:

Art Collector:

Swiss Skydiver:

Thousand Words:

Trainer Bob Baffert & Kentucky Derby Winner Authentic: