(Hot Rod Charlie looks the part / All Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

It is “Thurby.” It is getting close. Kentucky Derby Week — 2021 version — is kicking into high gear. And, so are the horses that are being polished for some of their biggest races of their young lives. As in? Ever.

Here’s a few more looks from our very own Holly M. Smith:

KY Oaks Candidate Pass the Champagne:

Pauline’s Pearl, eyeing the KY Oaks:


Mary Ellet & Brittany Atras:

Maracuja, KY Oaks Contender

Stakes Winner Finite:

Dream Shake:


KY Oaks Contender Moraz:

Trainer Todd Pletcher gets a bird’s-eye view of his KY Derby Horses:

KY Oaks Contender Competitive Spirit:

Hot Rod Charlie:


Essential Quality:

Domestic Spending:

Highly Motivated:




Mind Control:

Like the King:

Snapper Sinclaire:

Colonel Liam:


Jackie’s Warrior:

Hidden Stash: