Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Kentucky Highlights

Rolling hills welcoming us into Kentucky.

Endless miles of neat black plank fencing.

Feeding Sky Classic a peppermint.

Touching the noses of babies out of Storm Cat mares.

Smarty Jones strolling across his pasture.

Dynaformer--standoffish and impressive.

Getting lost on the way to Seattle Slew's grave...leading to that priceless A.P. Indy - Azeri colt.

Seattle Slew's grave.

The Kentucky Horse Park in the morning.

Awad, Popcorn Deelites, Bull in the Heather, Danthebluegrassman, Creator, Sunshine Forever, Williamstown, and more, at Old Friends...

...and my favorite, feeding the lovely son of Damascus, Ogygian, carrots.

The new statue of Secretariat at the Horse Park.


John Henry's grave....washed in sadness as we walked towards it, losing my composure as I looked at it, so big and bare and dedicated, flowers and memorials. Run free, old friend!

The trail ride, atop an insecure bay quarter horse named Alcatraz. Don't be so afraid of everyone, Alcatraz! Stand up for yourself. Lowered his head every time I scratched him on the withers.

The Man o' War Memorial--as majestic and breathtaking as ever, even after nearly a dozen visits.

Dinner at Malone's.

Walking through Thoroughbred Park at night. Reading the nameplates on the halters of the life-size bronze mares--Terlingua and Anne Campbell. Standing before the bronze racehorses, imagining they are bearing down upon me.

Photos with Pulpit, Seeking the Gold, and Eddington.

The cemetery--all those great names!--Secretariat, Swale, Mr. Prospector, Sir Gallahad III, Blenheim II, Gallant Fox, Reviewer, Riva Ridge, and more. Two of Limerick's ancestors lay here.

Touching Giacomo on the shoulder--he is gorgeous. The equally beautiful Ghostzapper, and Congaree.

Churchill Downs OTB. Watching a son of Pulpit narrowly miss.

Churchill Downs Twin Spires. Stepping back into history with the races. We watched Iron Leige, Smarty Jones, Barbaro, Secretariat, Winning Colors.

Photos coming soon!

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