(Mandaloun stands in the shadows of the Twin Spires and watches the horses go round at Churchill Downs for trainer Brad Cox / All Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

It was a day to bask in the sun. It was a day to anticipate what may be next, and hope not only Springs eternal, it springs eternal, too. It was a day to dream of tomorrow with images of sugar plums dancing as red as roses in your head.

It was the perfect day for photos. And, our very own Holly M. Smith captured both horse and horseman (horse women, too) with her magical camera.

Here’s a few of her looks from Tuesday morn at the famed Churchill Downs:

Highly Motivated Has Arrived:

Mandaloun Is All Eyes & Ears:

Millefefuille / KY Oaks Contender:

Adventuring:

Coach:

Malathaat: KY Oaks Favorite?

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