Editor’s Note:

It is warming up. The tulips are popping. The grass is growing. The roses are redding. (Not a word, but I like to invent them.) And, the allergies are sneezing.

It’s that time of year. Kentucky Derby Fever.

Here’s a few looks from our very own Holly M. Smith, who was on the backside today to capture all the pomp, circumstance and horses.

Here’s her looks:

(Sconsin)

(Colonel Liam, one of the world’s top grass horses these days)

(Caddo River, the runner-up in Saturday’s G1 Arkansas Derby)

(Can you guess the trainer keeping a watchful eye on the wannabes?)

(Another look at Colonel Liam)

(Dynamic One, one of of the contenders from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher)

(Malathaat — the leading contender for this year’s KY Oaks)

(The morning before the sun breaks into action)