10/27/2011 7:51PM

From Belmont to Saratoga to Keeneland to Churchill...and happy retirement, Tizway!


Please enjoy a variety pack of recent images - from Belmont, Saratoga, Keeneland and Churchill Downs - with a special tribute to Tizway.

Above and below:  The weekend of Belmont's Super Saturday, when ten stakes races were run, culminated in this stunning rainbow after the last race Sunday.  October 2, 2011.  If you look closely (above) there's even a trace of a double rainbow, which, embarrassingly, makes me want to burst into that ridiculous Double Rainbow song (it's on Youtube...with over 27 million views so far...what a country!).

Above:  Belmont is never more beautiful than in the autumn, when the ivy seems to burst into flame.

Above and below:  Union Rags looked pretty as a picture after his impressive Champagne victory on Super Saturday.  The Dixie Union 2-year-old is trained by Michael Matz.

Above:  Fan favorite Uncle Mo works at Belmont Park Sunday morning.  Johnny V. was aboard for a spin...

...whereas, at the barn afterward, longtime Pletcher barn ambassador Thomas kept a watchful eye on their champion.  (Isabel Escobar holds Uncle Mo)

Above:  Stay Thirsty (left) might not feel the love that Mo does, but he just keeps trying.  Here, he and Javier Castellano work in company with the tough campaigner Caixa Eletronica on Sunday.

Above:  Racing fan Susie Raisher pointed out Caixa Eletronica's spotted legs...how cool are they?!

Above and below:  Tizway seemed on top of the world when he won the Met in May (above) and the Whitney at Saratoga (below).  Many fans were looking forward to seeing the Jim Bond trainee in the Breeders' Cup.  Our sympathies to his connections on his retirement.  We'll miss seeing him at Saratoga, his longtime racetrack home.

Above and below:  More Tizway photos, including a few that appeared in earlier blogs.  His eyes reflect his kindness - and he always trained willingly and forwardly.  

Above and below:  with regular exercise rider Andres Catalan aboard - above, in July, and below, last week.

Above:  The last morning I shared with Tizway....memorably beautiful...at the Oklahoma training track.   Have a wonderful retirement!

Above and below:  Meanwhile, still training toward the Classic, Havre de Grace and Gabriel Saez teamed up for a Monday morning workout at beautiful Keeneland.  The autumn trees helped paint the backdrop there, too.

Above:  After the workout, Gabe Saez - who wore a camcorder on his helmet during the work - got up close and personal with Havre de Grace during her bath.

Above:  Larry Jones - a horseman through and through, and an amazing goodwill ambassador to the sport.  Below, he courts the eager media after Havre de Grace's  workout.

Above and below:  Also on Monday morning at Keeneland, Turallure and Julien Leparoux sparkled on the turf course.  Not many tracks have such an attractive background!

Above and below:  On my first morning at Churchill Downs for Breeders' Cup 2011, Sidney's Candy was the most prominent worker of the day, stepping out over the turf course under Annie Finney.  The Grade I winner, with his deep chestnut coat and bright eyes, always makes for a magnificent subject.

Until next time....