I was hopeful for Super Saver but didn't think he'd be able to do it for the Preakness. I really liked how First Dude moved when I saw him gallop on Friday morning as well as Lookin At Lucky. I DIDN'T like how Caracortado galloped on Friday morning. He looked like he was stiff or something. We didn't see everyone gallop.
On Preakness day, I was preparing myself for a really busy afternoon. The first race I went out to shoot was the 6th race. I thought that it might be fun if I went over to shoot the clubhouse turn for one race and then go back to my station near the finish line for the rest of the day.
While I was waiting for the race, this is what came by on the track:
They were pretty imposing up close!
Once the Budweiser Clydesdales got off the track the race went off and Comedero (on the rail in pink and black) won
After that race, I wandered back over to my station near the finish line.
Matt and I were probably most excited by the horses winning in the undercard races. Claiborne Farm's horse, Blame (a horse we have many win pictures from his previous races) won again -
and the sprinter, Taqarub (tack-ah-roob) is owned by Shadwell. For us, it felt like the home team won when he came home first with Eibar Coa wearing the distinctive Shadwell blue and white silks in the Maryland Sprint:
And we were thrilled to see the Jonathan Sheppard trained, Rainbow View win her turf race in a tough one. She is one gutsy little horse with a gutsy rider in Julien Leparoux who was sore from his big spill the day before!
And then it was time for the big race to go off. It seemed that every photographer on the planet was out to get "the shot." The tension in the air was palable. I managed to get a tight shot of Lookin At Lucky as he entered the sunlight right at the finish line and a fist pump by his young jockey Martin Garcia...
First Dude and Ramon Dominguez (a jockey that rode Hola in a few races!) both look disappointed by not catching him at the finish although they put in a terrific fight.
Speaking of First Dude, doesn't he resemble Canoodler?
I won't be going to The Belmont race in 3 weeks. I have too much going on. So I won't be doing too much racing photography for awhile and that makes me sad. But this means I'll have more time for my two guys who both need to be put to work!