(Steam bath / All Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

We now know the field for the 147th running of the Kentucky Oaks — to be held this coming Friday. The Post Position Draw was held on Monday. The numbers are now set. The horses are now ready. It is almost time to go.

The “Draw” for the Kentucky Derby will be held on Tuesday at the famed Churchill Downs. Soon, we will know which horses will make their stand in this year’s starting gate. Soon, the numbers will be set. Soon, the horses will be known and ready. Soon, it will be time to go.

Here’s some of today’s looks at the top contenders, through the keen eye and professional and steady camera hand of our very own Holly M. Smith:

“Elwood” Shows Off His Pony Skills:


Lava Man Is Back!

The Famous “Harley” On Way to Track:

Rock Your World:


Soup and Sandwich:

Hot Rod Charlie:

KY Oaks Contender Competitive Speed:

Concert Tour:


Midnight Bourbon:

KY Oaks Contender Moraz:

KY Oaks Contender Search Results:


Super Stock:

Bath Time:

Trainer John Sadler:

Blanket Time:

Trainer Doug O’Neill:

Essential Quality:


Mr. Man, the goat, at the Brad Cox Barn: