(Tom’s d’Etat / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

It is here. Breeders’ Cup week. A week of excitement. A week full of handicapping and prognostications. A week that will end with “Championships” decided, and no more talking. Just those that can “walk the walk.”

Here’s a closer look at some of the top contenders. We will try to showcase some of your favorites as we get closer and closer to Friday and Saturday.

Through the eyes and lens of our very own Holly M. Smith:

Simply Ravishing in black & white / color, too:

Swiss Skydiver:

Monomoy Girl & Owendale:

Tom’s d’Etat:

Lady Kate:

Crazy Beautiful:

Sally’s Curlin: