Sights & Sounds From Churchill Downs’ Spectacular Card This Saturday Night

Churchill Downs put on a spectacular show on Saturday night. Lights. Cameras. Action. All over the grounds. All through the facility. And, top notch racing from gate to wire.

Unfortunately, our filly, First Kiss, took a bad step and wrenched an ankle, forcing jockey Chris Landeros to pull her up in the 8th race. We were hoping for so much more. But such is horse racing. Another day (or night).

But it didn’t take away the glamour and pageantry that was invested in the night event, which attracted thousands out to the old ball yard (er, racetrack). No other track in the world can pull off and extravaganza like Churchill Downs. None. Zero. Nada.

Here are a few of the sights:

(People clustered up to the rail to catch some of the action / Photo by Leigh Ann Thacker)

(Look at the graphic light show underneath one of the grand, ole’ Spires / Photo by Leigh Ann Thacker)

(Another shot from the Churchill Downs paddock / Photo by Leigh Ann Thacker)

(The crowd, horses, and pageantry that is Thoroughbred racing at its’ finest / Photo by Leigh Ann Thacker)

(Our own First Kiss in the paddock before race 8 / Photo by Leigh Ann Thacker)

(Yours truly with First Kiss in her paddock stall / Photo by Leigh Ann Thacker)

(My good friend Greg Schell joined us in the paddock on Saturday night / Photo by Leigh Ann Thacker)

Bolt d’Oro worked three furlongs in 36.80 seconds, and galloped-out with interest around the first turn. Jockey Corey Nakatani, who rode Bolt d’Oro in all four of his starts in 2017, was aboard. Bolt d’Oro worked alone. Nakatani positioned Bolt d’Oro off the rail entering the stretch. Santa Anita clockers timed Bolt d’Oro galloping-out a half-mile in 49.80 seconds.

“I thought it was incredible, in my eyes,” owner and trainer Mick Ruis said. “We know he’s not a sprinter….He’s been wanting it bad,” Ruis said. “We’ll get through this week and see how he’s going for next week when he goes a half.”

Trainer/Owner Mick Ruis, on the work of Bolt d’ora this weekend
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