Editor’s Note:

While we still can’t allow spectators onto the Commonwealth’s racetracks — for some strange and unexplained reason — we are fully dependent upon our good friends at Coady Photography for the close-up looks at the races.

At the horses.

At the horses racing.

At the thrill of victory.

At the agony of defeat.

At the sport’s greatest efforts.

And, at the efforts in the greatest sport.

Here’s a glimpse at the Stakes events at Kentucky Downs on Thursday.

Thanks to the good folks at Coady Photography and the gracious sharing of Kentucky Downs:

(Trade Deal inches out a win over the stablemate in the Thursday finale / Coady Photography & Courtesy of KY Downs)

(Moon Over Miami gets up in the setting sun of Kentucky in the Gun Runner Dueling Grounds Derby / Coady Photography & Courtesy of KY Downs)

(Micheline guts out the win late in the Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Oaks / Coady Photography & Courtesy of KY Downs)