(A few last second instructions for both rider and child / All Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

On this Saturday, the big stuff was happening somewhere else.

The big races were being held at Parx Racetrack in Philly. After all, Hot Rod Charlie finally got to run straight — enough — to win a major event this year and the $1 Million Pennsylvania Derby.

The big grass races were being at Belmont Park in New York, where Chad Brown was working his magic once more on the freshly-kept lawns of the East Coast.

The big races were being held in Chicago, too, where Arlington Park was conducting its’ final day of racing for the year, and, maybe (Maybe?) the last time forever.

On this Saturday, the big stuff was happening everywhere else.

But, then again, there’s always something big happening at Churchill Downs.


And, our very own Holly M. Smith was right there to capture all the glory and the glorious moments for all eternity.

Sit back. Grab those “cheaters” (the glasses; not the likes of Servis, Navarro and Baffert, mind you). And take a gander. Worth the effort here. Let the beauty shine through.

All Photos by Holly M. Smith:

Howling Time:

Everetts Song:



Flags Up:

King’s Fury:

Carribean Caper:

Hoist the Gold:


Unified Report:

And, just a few random looks at the world of horse racing: