I'm fairly certain my boys have been goofing around with their fellow nose-picking buddies in the paddock during this time. The weather in Traverse City has been very nice for a change.
I heard there was going to be some dog sled racing in a nearby town last weekend. I thought that would be fun to photograph and the day was going to be nice. I had to check it out. I had no idea what to expect. I found out it's a great family sport! The first races were for kids who seemed to have big cheering sections...
and families that love their dogs
The dogs LOVE to run. Their excitement is palpable and they let out their high pitched barks in their anticipation of the run. These races ranged from 3 to 13 miles depending on the number of dogs and category. I learned that in the long race the mushers were allowed to have up to 20 dogs! Boy you better have faith in your lead dogs that they will listen to you. That's a lot of dogs to have working together. Here's what an 8 looks like:
And this is one of the larger teams with, I believe, 16 dogs:
The musher must be at least 3 or 4 horse lengths away from the lead dogs.
It was really fun to shoot the races.
Then I found myself in Kentucky for a visit. We found out that the brilliant and beautiful race horse, Einstein, was going to arrive at Adena Springs to begin his life at stud.
Einstein won 4 Grade 1 turf races, 1 Grade 1 on an All Weather surface and 1 Grade two on dirt. On the Adena Springs hat they show it as Einstein = (G1T*4)+(G1A)+(G2 Dirt)
It's a clever and cool looking hat.
Here is Einstein when he was unloaded from the shipping van:
and heading into to his new home at Adena Springs:
It was really cool to be there when he entered into his new career. I wish him much success at stud. He certainly showed he could compete on any surface and for a long time! He was always the biggest competitor for one of my favorites, Better Talk Now...