04/30/2011 10:12PM

Churchill Downs: Rainbows and dreams

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Churchill Downs became an artist's palette Thursday evening when an unusually colorful storm resulted in not one, but two double-rainbows.  Such beauty inspires dreams...

Some felt the pot o' gold landed at Dale Romans' barn, the home of Shackleford.  And Mucho Macho Man's part-owner Patti Reeves could feel the rainbows were for their colt.  When Patti left Florida, there was a rainbow over the racetrack.  When she arrived at Churchill, she arrived to a double-rainbow.  

I'm sure other horses' connections, too, could find reason to feel the rainbows were intended just for them.  But whatever possible endings the colorful arcs foretold, they were indescribably beautiful.

Above and below:  The first double-rainbow arced over the twin spires.  Does it end at Dale Romans' barn?  

Below:  The second double-rainbow - at sunset.  It framed Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro's final resting place and the Kentucky Derby Museum/Churchill Downs entrance.  As the lighting changed, so did the mood of the resulting images.

 

A variety pack of various photographs from the past week: horses inspiring dreams....

Above:  Archarcharch (left) and Supreme Ruler working out.  Below (two photos):  Archarcharch, including with Jon Court up.

Above: Decisive Moment works out.  Below:  Joyful Victory and Cindy Jones.

Above: Joyful Victory.  Below, Kathmanblu and William Aldana.

Above:  Delightful Mary with Shaun Bridgmohan up.  Below:  Mucho Macho Man eyes the camera.

Above:  Mucho Macho Man with Mike Herra up.  Below: The sweet-faced Niji's Grand Girl.

Congratulations to Neil Howard on the Derby Trial victory of Machen (above).  Below:  Dana Barnes and Midnight Interlude.

Above:  R Heat Lightning with Hector Ramos up.  Michael McCarthy on pony.  Below:   The Factor.

Above and below:  Shackleford and Faustino Ramos.

Above:  Stay Thirsty.  Below: St. John's River with Anna Napravnik up.

Above:  Twice the Appeal with Julio Rodriguez.

Above and below:  Uncle Mo with his regular exercise rider Hector Ramos.

Above and below:  Smiling Tiger.