Keeneland Portraits

A Keeneland employee walks Mallory Square in the warmup pen before she runs in the Dromoland Stake. Nikon D300 with 300mm f4. ISO 400 F4 @ 1/400th.

Thoroughbred Racing is a passion in Kentucky.  Each spring and fall for approximately 1 month, the Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington, KY is the focal point for racing in Kentucky.  The sights and sounds can be almost too much to take in.  Here are a few pictures I shot on Sunday, April 11th 2010 on the last couple races of the day.  Keeneland is set up so that even non-credentialed photographers like myself can be in the middle of the pre-race action.  Here are a couple of the shots I liked.

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A patron gathers some popcorn to enjoy during the race. Nikon D300 with 300mm f4. ISO 400 f4 @ 1/500th.
A Trainer holds Go for Jan while she is saddled. Nikon D300 with 300mm f4. ISO 400 f4 @ 1/500th.
Jockey Julien Leparoux has a quiet moment aboard Here Comes Ben before winning the Magdalena Stake at Keeneland. Nikon D300 with 300mm f4. ISO 400 f4 @ 1/1000th.

For an interesting article on Julien Leparoux, check out this New York Times article from 2006:

Jockey Garrett Gomez aboard Six Shots before the Trackside Stake, the 9th and final stake of the day. Nikon D300 with 300mmf4. ISO 800 f4 @ 1/500th.
Thoroughbred Majestic Blue in the warmup ring before the Magdalena Stake at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, KY. Nikon D300 with 300mm f4. ISO 400 f4 @ 1/2000th
Jockey Sal Gonzalez speaks with a young fan.
Jockey Sal Gonzalez speaks with a young fan at the Keeneland Race Track. Nikon D300 with 300mm f4. ISO 800 f4 @1/1000
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