(Brad Cox talks with the press outside of Churchill Downs on Friday / All Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

For some strange reason, the Commonwealth of Kentucky will not allow reporters and photographers access to Churchill Downs or the ability to cover the great sporting events on Earth.

Never mind that the Governor, himself, meets with a covey of press in his little cubby-hole of a press room six days out of the week for a press conference. But we have already opined about that.

So, instead, Churchill Downs brought the game to the press today. Outside the massive and impressive front gates to the legendary and historic racetrack and on the eve of this Spring/Summer’s delayed meet, Churchill Downs’ officials and several trainers got the chance to meet the press.

And, they talked about their excitement to return to racing. Tomorrow. Saturday. May 16. First post 1 p.m.

The statute of the great Barbaro stood right behind the scene. It reminded us all of greatest and perseverance; of how to fight; of how to win; of how to survive against all odds; and, unfortunately, of tragedy, too.

These are strange and difficult times.

But on Saturday, we get a chance to return to some normalcy.

We get a chance to go racing.

Again.

Here’s a look at the presser from our very own Holly M. Smith:

(Trainer Brad Cox, who will saddle the great champion Monomoy Girl in her return to racing on Saturday, speaks to the press. Can’t wait to see the “Champ,” again)

(Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery has worked overtime to bring racing back to the Commonwealth)

(Trainer Tom Amoss also got a chance to chat with reporters and photographers)