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Scenes from the Bluegrass

Dayatthespa First Lady 615 X 400
Photo: Heidi E. Carpenter

As much as I love the live racing at Keeneland, I must confess that my favorite part of the Bluegrass is visiting the horses. And not the horses at the track, but the ones residing at the various farms throughout the region.

The farms themselves are sentinels of history, and the horses--stallions, mares, and foals alike--are the soul. To visit them and perhaps touch them, and see for myself their personalities and spirit in living flesh--to me, that's what makes this sport that I love all the more real.

As usual, I took some time before the hustle and bustle of Shadwell Turf Mile day at Keeneland to take in the essence of the Bluegrass.


 Silverbulletday drinks water in her paddock.

(Above & below) Silverbulletday



A half-sister to Indian Blessing (by Midnight Lute).




Midnight Lute


Stormy Atlantic


The grave of Seattle Slew.


Princess Arabella (center)




(Above & below) Creative Cause 




No Nay Never, Mike Smith up, kicked off the stakes races at Keeneland by winning the Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select (Gr. III).


I loved the white markings on Thoroughbred Club of America (Gr. II) contender R Free Roll.


Leigh Court, Gary Boulanger up, wins the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes.


First Lady (Gr. I) contender Centre Court.


First Lady contender Istanford is saddled in the paddock.


First Lady contender Daytthespa.


Dayatthespa wins the First Lady over Filimbi.


Dayatthespa and John Velazquez return to the winner's circle after capturing the First Lady.


The start of the Claiborne Breeder's Futurity (Gr. I).


(Above & below) Carpe Diem and John Velazquez run away with the Claiborne Breeder's Futurity.


See my coverage of Wise Dan's win in the Shadwell Turf Mile here.



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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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