(Volatile last September at Churchill Downs / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

On Saturday, before a crowd of zero, the mucho-talented Volatile put on a racing display that you wish that thousands could have witnessed. The 4YO son of Violence — who is trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen for the partnership of owners Phoenix Thoroughbreds and Three Chimney’s Farm — broke sharp enough, ran razor sharp, and then finished sharper than sharp to win the Aristides Stakes at the famed Churchill Downs by a whopping 8 lengths.

Despite not having any other horse in the 6-horse field push him to the wire, the colt missed the track record by only two-one hundredths of a second. And, that record has stood for nearly 13 years now. The record holder is still Indian Chant — who ran 6 furlongs in 1:07.55 on July 8, 2007.

On this Saturday, Volatile covered the same distance in a final time of 1:07.57. The fractional times were :21.48; :44.36, and :55.66.

While the public was not there, here are some close-up looks at this special sprinter, courtesy of our very own Holly M. Smith.

Our special photographer captured these images last September, when he ran second on the 14th at Churchill Downs.


You will probably see a whole lot more of this guy in the future.

(Volatile, the gray, ran 2nd this day. But he had no threat in the Aristides Stakes on Saturday)