(Helium / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

We are getting ready. We are getting geared up. We are getting excited.

On Saturday, our very own Holly M. Smith made it out to Churchill Downs and caught some horses in action as we prepare for that magical, exciting, theatrical, and amazing season we like to call “Kentucky Derby Mania.”

We here in Kentucky take this stuff seriously.

We here in Kentucky take this stuff willingly.

We here in Kentucky take stuff excitingly.

So, here we go. A few of some morning stuff from Churchill Downs — thanks to our great friend Holly M. Smith. Here’s her looks:

(Set Piece, for the barn of Brad Cox)

(KY Derby hopeful Helium)

(Max Player)

(Arklow)

(The “Champ” Aunt Pearl)

(Classy John)

(Tampa Bay Derby winner Helium, on the outside, goes for the barn of Mark Casse)