Photo of the year

The votes have been tallied and after a brief time as a neck and neck race, two thirds of the voting public helped daytime racing pull ahead as the preferred time to hit the racetrack. Let’s take a look at the results…

When is your preferred time for live racing?

Day Racing – Eleven Votes (61%)
Night Racing – Seven Votes (39%) 

I have already written at length about the pros and cons of both, so I will not waste your time with a rehashing of my thoughts. However, if you do have time to waste, there are worse ways to do it than reading this.

Now on to the next poll topic…

As some of you may already know, there has been a bit of a controversy over the choice for this year’s Eclipse award-winning photo. As you can see here, the winning photo is basically a stock, if a little off-center and misspelled, photo of jockey Frankie Dettori making his famous flying dismount following his win aboard Donativum (GB) in the Breeders’ Cup “Junenile” Fillies.

I am not discounting it as a nice photo that captures a moment of jubilance after a major race, but my rule of thumb when deciding the quality of a professional photo is if I can conceivably take the same quality picture on my cheap little point and shoot camera, it’s not that good – at least not Eclipse-quality.

In response to this error in judgement, the Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance has staged its own Eclipse Award do-over

I find this contest very interesting. However, I also realize that despite having been a lot of places and taken a lot of pictures, nothing I took in 2008 could crack the top ten against what is already entered.

 That’s why I am holding my own personal Photo of the Year poll showcasing some of my favorite pictures from my travels last year (holy ego stroking, Batman!). The winner will be chosen by you, the viewing public.

Each photo comes with a quasi-pretentious title for identification purposes and a short description to give the back story. Feel free to give your feedback on the pictures outside of simply voting.

Last year gave me the opportunity to take pictures at so many different locations. I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoyed being there to shoot them.

And now your nominees…

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1. “Dreaming of the Spotlight”
Dreaming of Anna, with Garrett Gomez aboard, gets some attention from the photographers before the Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs. 

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2. “The Champ”
Led by assistant trainer Scott Blasi, Horse of the Year Curlin and jockey Robby Albarado leave the paddock for the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.

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3.”Pillar to Post”
Ricardo Barrios (Red) rides back to unsaddle aboard My First Choice with Tommy Molina (Purple) and Out With A Bang not far behind on opening day at Pinnacle Race Course.

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4. “Down the Stretch”
Hot Tin Pan (5) tries to hold on to the lead against the hard charging Tim’s Last Chance (1a) at Pinnacle Race Course. 

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5.”Best Seat in the House”
Starter Bob Williams watches a field of Thoroughbreds make their first strides out of the gate at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

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6.”Stating His Case”
Oscar Delgado talks to the stewards following a race at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

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7. “Leaving ’em all Behind”
Flame of Justice takes a commanding lead in the stretch at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

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8.”The Cross”
Oscar Delgado makes a sign of the cross before his race aboard McFarland at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

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9.”Final Preparations”
Phil Teator loads into the gates before a race at Turfway Park.

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 10.”Rolling Start”
A field of trotters follows the starting gate at The Red Mile.

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11.”Picture in Picture”
Jamie Theriot occupies the jumbotron on the way to occupying the winner’s circle aboard Striped Flag (a Service Stripe foal!) at Ellis Park.

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12.”Tiz Springtime”
Tiz Now Tiz Then is led through the scenic saddling area at Keeneland Race Course.

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13.”Keeneland Clock”
One of the many Rolex clocks displayed at Keeneland Race Course.

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14.”Lock and Load”
Ethel Redneck and jockey Edgar Paucar load into the starting gates at River Downs.

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2 Comments

Filed under Mount Pleasant Meadows, Pictures, Pinnacle Race Course, Polls

2 responses to “Photo of the year

  1. Hurray for the phone in the mailbox!!! YAY!!!

  2. mibredclaimer

    I figured you’d get a kick out of that one.

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