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The Week That Was

A few photos and videos from Breeders’ Cup week at Churchill Downs …

The sun rose late each morning at Churchill Downs. Here’s Filly and Mare Turf contender Harmonious, going out for exercise in a dark and chilly hour.

Unrivaled Belle at Churchill Downs
Ladies’ Classic winner Unrivaled Belle, with jockey Kent Desormeaux up, before working four furlongs at Churchill on Monday morning.

Big Drama
Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Big Drama on the track Tuesday morning.

Blind Luck paddock schooling
Ladies’ Classic favorite Blind Luck schooling in the Churchill paddock.

Boys at Tosconova
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Boys at Tosconova on the Churchill track.

Trainer Rick Dutrow watching BAT gallop
Trainer Rick Dutrow watching Boys at Tosconova gallop.

Goldikova returning to the barn.

Trainer Freddie Head talking with the media
Trainer Freddie Head talking with reporters outside Goldikova’s Churchill barn on Wednesday. “I’m very confident,” said Head of the mare’s chances to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile again.

Paco Boy
Breeders’ Cup Mile contender Paco Boy out for training on Friday.

Workforce walking the turf course on Friday. The Arc winner was a late scratch from the Breeders’ Cup Turf on Saturday due to trainer Michael Stoute’s concerns about the condition of the surface.

Zenyatta, in the Churchill Downs chute on Thursday morning, walks by with her pony. This may be my favorite 10 seconds of video, ever.

Zenyatta coming off the track on Thursday.

Andrew Rosen and Frankie Dettori
Andrew Rosen, owner of Theyskens’ Theory, and rider Frankie Dettori before the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Friday. The filly, sent off as the 5-1 second favorite, finished sixth. Dettori won the Breeders’ Cup Turf on Saturday with trainer Brian Meehan’s Dangerous Midge.

Goldikova, garlanded, paraded, and cheered after winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile for a historic third time. View from the press box balcony.

Breeders' Cup Classic
The Breeders’ Cup Classic field going to post. Tense moments watching.


great stuff! and indeed that video of Z is a Zen moment.

Posted by dana on November 8, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

Thank you for sharing these – they are wonderful

Posted by Manila on November 8, 2010 @ 4:40 pm