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Old May 2, 2010, 3:43 PM   #1
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OK, I took a bunch (300+) of pictures at Churchill Downs on Friday & Saturday. Many were work related (that's why I was there). Here are some of the Derby. I practiced on a couple earlier races, ended up going to full manual control, did some testing, then the sun came out! I still think they came out pretty well. Some cropping will help but wanted to show the full frame.

#1: Derby horses walking to the starting gate.


#2 Horses coming around the first turn.


#3 Running between turn 1 & turn 2



#4 After the race as they're slowing the horses. Look at the mud on the fronts.
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Old May 2, 2010, 3:56 PM   #2
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NICE! Ol' Calvin did a nice job on that quicksand they called a track. That had to be the wettest I've seen that track in 15 years. Yuck.
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Very nice, that is pretty wet. I have not been to the derby since I left ft. knox.
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At the begining of the race, all the horses were different colors, but at the end of the race ...

Nice shots. Thanks for sharing.
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I'm glad you guys like. Posting them here they look a little soft. Don't know if that's Photobucket or not. Anyway... more from the race...

#1 The start of the parade of people "escorting" horses from the barns to the paddock..

(a little dark )

#2 One of the women walking... I couldn't resist taking the picture...


#3 The mud coming off one of the tractor tires


#4, 5, 6 The winning jockey Calvin "Bo-Rail" Borel

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#6 Waving to the crowd


I've been at the last 10 Derby's (and a couple before that). This was the wettest I remember. In 2004(?) we had an severe thunderstorm go over the track in the afternoon, but this year was an ALL DAY rain. MISERABLE working conditions.
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What's not to like? Ol' Calvin sure had a time, didn't he? Once again, nice shots!
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You definitely captured the wet and muddy track very well--love the image of the woman's feet. I also like #2. Normally I would have suggested a closer crop to show the horses. However, in this case I think it shows the very muddy (almost paddy like) conditions of the track. Nice series.

BTW, when I moved to Kentucky 19 years ago, I was told for the Derby, to bet on a horse whose name starts with the letter "S"...Secretariat, Strike the Gold, Seattle Slew, Super Saver...you do the Math !!!
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BTW, when I moved to Kentucky 19 years ago, I was told for the Derby, to bet on a horse whose name starts with the letter "S"...Secretariat, Strike the Gold, Seattle Slew, Super Saver...you do the Math !!!
I just did.

Since 1875, Derby winners with names starting with "S" won 14 times (10.3% of the time.) That's more than any other letter. But "B" came in second at 13 (9.6%), and "C" came in third at 11 (8.1%).

But, of course, 2 horses in yesterday's field had names starting with "S", which is 10% of the time too. Maybe names for horses starting with "S" are just more popular than other names.

I'll handicap using data from past performances. Thanks anyway.
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Shooting in the rain is probably more fun than shooting in bright sunshine.

You definitely know when you've got a leader from start to finish..



It's good to be the leader..

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Greg-

I can't pull up the EXIF data... what kind of zoom, f-stop, and shutter are you using?

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