Kentucky Oaks Day in Photos: Gloomy Weather, Sunny Spirits

May 10, 2017 10:04am
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Photo: Heidi Carpenter


The gloomy forecast for the 143rd Kentucky Oaks day held true, and a cold multi-state rain system hung over Louisville all day. It wasn't all dismal--the jockey's silks, splashes of pink throughout Churchill Downs, and sunny spirits of those in attendance brightened the day.


Big World and Florent Geroux warm up in the post parade for the La Troienne Stakes.

Big World and Florent Geroux lead early in the La Troienne Stakes (G1).

Florent Geroux and Big World stay clean by going wire-to-wire in the La Troienne Stakes.

Florent Geroux and Big World are led to the winner's circle after winning the La Troienne Stakes.

It's a slippery job but someone has to do it. A member of the Churchill Downs gate crew changes the post numbers on the gate.


The rain didn't dampen everyone's spirits! A horse's connection walks over to the Alysheba Stakes paddock.


Fish Trappe Road is walked to the paddock prior to the Alysheba Stakes (G2).

Bird Song and Julien Leparoux warm up in the post parade before the Alysheba Stakes.

Honorable Duty and James Graham lead early in the Alysheba Stakes.

Mud flies high into the air as the field rounds the first turn in the Alysheba Stakes.

Bird Song and Julien Leparoux win the Alysheba Stakes.

Julien Leparoux sponges off Bird Song after their win in the Alysheba Stakes.

The unsung equine heroes of the racetrack are the ponies.

The post parade prior to the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes (G3).

Green Mask and Javier Castellano fly down the stretch to win the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes.

Green Mask and Javier Castellano win the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes.

Javier Castellano after winning the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes.

Benner Island and Javier Castellano, inside, win the Eight Belles (G2) over Union Strike and Brice Blanc, outside.

Benner Island and Jaiver Castellano return to an inquiry/objection in the Eight Belles.

Grooms walk Benner Island and Union Strike as stewards investigate the objection in the Eight Belles.

The Eight Belles winner decision falls in favor of Benner Island and Javier Castellano, who is all smiles as he returns.

Stallion Heiress and Mitchell Murrill lead early in the Edgewood Stakes (G3).

It's a Casse double as La Coronel and Florent Geroux, outside, out-run Dream Dancing and Julien Leparoux in the Edgewood Stakes.

La Coronel and Florent Geroux, outside, win the Edgewood Stakes over Dream Dancing and Julien Leparoux.

A woman's pink coat is a bright spot among the gloom at Churchill Downs.

Lockdown is walked to the paddock prior to the Kentucky Oaks.

Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes walks Abel Tasman to the paddock prior to the Kentucky Oaks.

Ashland Stakes (G1) winner Sailor's Valentine and Corey Lanerie warm up in the post parade prior to the Kentucky Oaks.

Miss Sky Warrior and Paradise Woods lead early in the Kentucky Oaks.

Miss Sky Warrior and Paradise Woods lead early in the Kentucky Oaks.

The field rounds the first turn in the Kentucky Oaks.

Abel Tasman and Mike Smith deliver a powerful late closing kick in the Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Abel Tasman and Mike Smith win the 143rd Kentucky Oaks.

One more of Abel Tasman and Mike Smith winning the Oaks.

Jose Ortiz, jockey for third-place finisher Lockdown, talks to trainer Bill Mott after the Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Mike Smith and Abel Tasman are walked to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner's circle.


 

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 Meet Heidi Carpenter

 

An equestrian since 1986, Heidi has loved horses for as long as she can remember. She fell in love with the sport and history of Thoroughbred racing as a young girl after reading about the great champions of yesteryear, including Man o' War, Lexington, Equipoise, and Citation.

Heidi has a great interest in the stories, connections and images abound in Thoroughbred racing. She also enjoys studying pedigrees and racing history.

Heidi lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband (who is also a racing fan) and four cats, and has her beloved horse, Limerick, boarded nearby. Registered as Amanda Bry, Limerick is a 1991-model OTTB mare that Heidi has had since 1996. Heidi also runs Racing Reviewer.

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