VTA BREEDERS’ CUP PHOTOS

Welcome to Churchill Downs.

Virginia-bred Secretariat looks over the media room.

Former Virginia Derby winner Gio Ponti.

Goldikova (IRE) makes history.

Three-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Goldikova (IRE) returns to a standing ovation.

Zenyatta fans – they’re everywhere.

Dogwood Stable’s Aikenite and John Velazquez.

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and Mike Smith.

Debussy’s groom watches the BC Turf.

Dangerous Midge’s connections cheer him to victory in the BC Turf.

Fourth-place finisher Virginia-bred Winchester.

The coveted blanket awaits Dangerous Midge.

A happy Franki Dettori.

A Quality Road supporter.

Quality Road’s trainer Todd Pletcher and Spring Hill Farm manager Chris Baker.

Quality Road takes a turn.

Quality Road and John Velazquez.



More Quality Road.



Zenyatta makes her way through the very crowded padock.



Zenyatta, Mike Smith and security leaving the paddock.



Zenyatta and Mike Smith.



Zenyatta fans.



Quality Road trapped on the rail the first time by the stands.
Quality Road in traffic.
Zenyatta reeling in Blame about 100 yards from the finish line.
Zenyatta and Blame charge the finish line.
The final drive.
Quality Road trails the field.
Zenyatta and a frustrated Mike Smith.
Jockey Garret Gomez celebrates.



Blame’s victory lap.



Blame entering the winner’s circle.

(Photos by G. Petty)