On Tuesday morn, a few more contenders for the 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby arrived in Louisville and on the premises of the world’s most renown and recognizable racetrack.
The Twin Spires stand majestically over the track as guardians and protectors of racing past, present and future.
The crowds stood crammed along the rail to catch a glimpse at their most favorite horse and a look at the future, and, perhaps history.
And, our very own Holly M. Smith stood on the track; stood at the barns; stood on the horse paths connecting the two; stood ready, willing and able to capture all the newbies making their first trips to the famed Churchill Downs’ dirt.
Here’s a closer look at Holly’s photos for Tuesday:
(Maximum Security, winner of the Florida Derby, had minimum security detail when he arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday. But our own Holly M. Smith was there. / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
(The beautiful Bellafina made an appearance on the track and then on the grass at Churchill Downs on Tuesday. She will be favored in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
(Haikal, third in the most recent Wood Memorial, looking good on Tuesday / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
(Tax, runner-up in the Wood Memorial, made a nice appearance on Tuesday, as well / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
(What about the pink ear muffs on Master Fencer, rocking the “Gate Dancer” retro-look / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
(Blue Grass Stakes winner Vekoma is bright-eyed upon arrival to Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
(Game Winner striding out at Churchill Downs on Tuesday a.m. / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
(Pretty gal, Positive Spirit, looking positive on Tuesday / Photo by Holly M. Smith)