(Kentucky Derby contender Sierra Leone / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

We are closing in, rapidly now, on Kentucky Derby 150.

We are sitting chilly on Monday, April 22. After today’s calendar burn, it will be just 12 days before “The Big Race” happens at “The Big Track” for all “The Big Horses.”

It’s coming. Quickly.

On Sunday, our great friend — and better photographer — Holly M. Smith caught up with some of the contenders and pretenders for this year’s mammoth celebration and milestone event of both the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby.

Here’s a few of her best peeks:

Lygnos: 

Where’s My Ring (KY Oaks):

Kentucky Derby Contender Honor Marie:

Just F Y I (KY Oaks):

Resilience (KY Derby): 

Encino (KY Derby): 

Leslie’s Rose:

Encino: 

Kentucky Derby Contender Resiliency: 

Kentucky Oaks Contender Just F Y I: 

One from the barn of Trainer Tom Amoss:

And, They Are Off, Sort of….

Shetalkstoangels:

Kentucky Derby Contender Sierra Leone: 

Stone Silent:

Tipsy Runner: 

Heavenly Sunday: 

Hoosier Philly: 

Just Strolls in the Park: 

Hoosier Philly: 

Anglophile & Skro work over the Churchill Downs sod: