Makers Mile at Keeneland

Two time Breeders Cup Champion, Wise Dan, makes his move in the final turn on the Turf at Keeneland's Maker's Mile Grade 1stake.  Wise Dan would win the race.  Nikon D4 with Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII and 1.7 tele extender.
Two time Breeders Cup Champion, Wise Dan, makes his move in the final turn on the Turf at Keeneland’s Maker’s Mile Grade 1stake. Wise Dan would win the race. Nikon D4 with Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII and 1.7 tele extender.

 

I had the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful Friday at Keeneland on the day before the Toyota Bluegrass Stake.  The highlight of the day was the Maker’s Mile, a grade 1 turf race. The star of the race was 2 time Breeder’s Cup Champion Wise Dan.  Wise Dan did not disappoint with a solid win in the Makers Mile.  Outside of the Stake race, there were large fields all day with great racing.  These are a few of the shots from the day.

 

 

Wise Dan in the Post Parade before the Maker's Mile at Keeneland.  Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 VR.
Wise Dan (John Velazquez up)  in the Post Parade before the Maker’s Mile at Keeneland. Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 VR.

 

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Horses battle off the backstretch in one of the day’s early races. Nikon D800e with 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

Wise dan is on the outside in the final turn before making his move to win the race.  Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII and Nikkor 1.7x tele-extender.
Wise Dan is on the outside in the final turn before making his move to win the race. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII and Nikkor 1.7x tele-extender.

 

 

Jockey Julien Leparoux battles for position.  Nikon D4 with 600mm f/4 VRII.
Jockey Julien Leparoux battles for position. Nikon D4 with 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

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Early clouds gave way to mostly sunny conditions during the day. Nikon D800e with 24-70mm f/2.8 VRII.

 

Horses battle off the final turn at Keeneland.  Nikon D800e with 600mm f/4 VRII.
Horses battle off the final turn at Keeneland. Nikon D800e with 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

Doc watching as the horses round the final turn at Keenealnd.  Nikon D4 with 600mm f/4 VRII.
Doc watching as the horses round the final turn at Keenealnd. Nikon D4 with 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

An outrider with the forsythia making a strong showing.  Nikon D800e with 70-200 mm f2.8 VRII.
An outrider with the forsythia making a strong showing. Nikon D800e with 70-200 mm f2.8 VRII.

 

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Most fields on Friday were large with tight racing. Nikon D4 with 80-400mm f/5.6 VRII.

 

Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.
Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

Corey Lanerie on Alakazan Alakazan (BRZ) before the Makers Mile.  Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 VR.
Corey Lanerie on Alakazan Alakazan (BRZ) before the Makers Mile. Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 VR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Opening Day at Keeneland-Spring 2014

Horses battle for position coming off the Backstretch during the third race of Keeneland's opening day.  Cloudy skies and intermittent rain followed by a strong wind greeted everyone out to enjoy the races.  Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.
Horses battle for position coming off the Backstretch during the third race of Keeneland’s opening day. Cloudy skies and intermittent rain followed by a strong wind greeted everyone out to enjoy the races. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

I look forward to opening day of Keeneland’s spring and fall meets every year.  It is fascinating to me to watch these amazing animals roar by at full speed and enjoy watching the tactics of a race as it unfolds.  The opening of the Spring 2014 meet was begun  in less than ideal weather conditions.  Light rain and  mist early on gave way to clearing skies but increasingly strong winds.  The racing was great even if the crowd was not as large as it might have been.  These are a few of the pictures from my day enjoying the races.

 

Rain gave way to mostly cloudy skies by midway thru the race.  The forsythia was just starting to bloom on opening day.   Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.
Rain gave way to mostly cloudy skies by midway thru the race. The forsythia was just starting to bloom on opening day. Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.

 

Jockey Joel Rosario heads out on the track.  Rosario has become one of the leading jockies at Keeneland and managed to win the Kentucky Derby last spring.   Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.
Jockey Joel Rosario heads out on the track. Rosario has become one of the leading jockies at Keeneland and managed to win the Kentucky Derby last spring. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

Battle for position.   Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.
Battle for position. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

Outriders control the races at Keeneland.   Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VRII.
Outriders control the races at Keeneland. Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VRII.

 

Hot walkers warm the horses up before the races in the paddocks at Keeneland.  One of the great experiences of Keeneland is the ability to see the horses up close and personal.  Here is H Town Brown before finishing second in the day's sixth race.   Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8VRII.
Hot walkers warm the horses up before the races in the paddocks at Keeneland. One of the great experiences of Keeneland is the ability to see the horses up close and personal. Here is H Town Brown before finishing second in the day’s sixth race. Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8VRII.

 

Crowds were thinner than would be expected on opening day thanks to less than perfect weather.  Still, those who came had a great time.   Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 G
Crowds were thinner than would be expected on opening day thanks to less than perfect weather. Still, those who came had a great time. Nikon D800e with AFS Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 G

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January In Texas- Part II

This male Altamira Oriole was one of the more spectacular birds to hit our feeders at Casa Santa Ana.  Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.
This male Altamira Oriole was one of the more spectacular birds to hit our feeders at Casa Santa Ana. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

Last month, I posted the first group of images I took on a trip to South Texas with an Alan Murphy Workshop.  For the full details, see the previous post, but I just can’t say enough good things about the workshop.  If you have the opportunity to go with Alan, I highly recommend you go.

The green jay, although common in the Valley, is still one of my favorite birds of south Texas.  Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.
The green jay, although common in the Valley, is still one of my favorite birds of south Texas. Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

Two kiskadees battle over a perch at Casa Santa Ana.  Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.
Two kiskadees battle over a perch at Casa Santa Ana. Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

A Lincoln's sparrow takes a bath the Laguna Seca Ranch.  Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.
A Lincoln’s sparrow takes a bath the Laguna Seca Ranch. Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

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A buff-bellied hummingbird at Casa Santa Ana. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 300mm f/4.

 

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A male cardinal visits the setup in South Texas. Although common,,,it is hard to be more spectacular than a cardinal. Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

A golden fronted woodpecker in the cattails.  Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.
A golden fronted woodpecker in the cattails. Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.

 

 

 

 

 

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