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SamG May 2, 2010 4:43 PM

Kentucky Derby
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 :crazy1: 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.

gjtoth May 2, 2010 4:56 PM

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.

shoturtle May 2, 2010 4:58 PM

Very nice, that is pretty wet. I have not been to the derby since I left ft. knox.

TCav May 2, 2010 7:04 PM

At the begining of the race, all the horses were different colors, but at the end of the race ...

Nice shots. Thanks for sharing.

SamG May 2, 2010 8:34 PM

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



#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.

gjtoth May 2, 2010 8:39 PM

What's not to like? Ol' Calvin sure had a time, didn't he? Once again, nice shots!

Wingman May 2, 2010 9:43 PM

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 do the Math ;)!!!

TCav May 2, 2010 10:27 PM


Originally Posted by jelpee (Post 1088591)
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 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.

Greg Chappell May 3, 2010 10:43 PM

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..

SamG May 4, 2010 1:25 PM


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


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