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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