Wednesday, January 4, 2017

California Dreamin' 2017

California Dreamin' 11x14
Califonia Dreamin' is the fourth drawing that I have done of California Chrome. "Chromie" is set to race in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28th at Gulfstream Park in Florida. The PWC will be the richest race in the world. "Chrome" will be battling with Arrogate who narrowly beat him in the Breeders Cup Classic in November. The PWC will also be "Chromies" last race before retiring to stud. This is the third drawing I have done from a photograph by Robin Buchanan. She also named this drawing as she had done with "Go Kick Some Ass Boy."

Go Kick Some Ass Boy! 2016

Go Kick Some Ass Boy Drawing 8.5x11
Go Kick Some Ass Boy was a fun little drawing that I did at work one day. It was from a photo by Robin Buchanan. I asked her to name the drawing, and after thinking, she said "Go Kick Some Ass Boy," as that is what she yelled at California Chrome as he entered the track for the 2016 Breeders Cup Classic. This was the second of Robins photos that I have used. 

Rosecroft Raceway 2016

 Rosecroft Raceway
I had never been to Harness Racing, nor had I been to Rosecroft Raceway, although I wanted to go to both. On November 22nd, Rosecroft Raceway, now owned by the Stronach Group, hosted the 1st Annual Potomac Pace. The race had a $100,000 purse and attracted 8 of the top Standardbreds from around the country. 
 Driver Russel Foster in Winners Circle 
I really enjoyed watching the races that each covered 1 mile. The races are either Trotting Races, or Pacing Races. A Trotting horse moves its diagonal legs simultaneously, while a Pacer moves the legs on the same side of the body together. Pacers tend to be faster than Trotters. 
 The Drivers for the Potomac Pace
During the evening, and prior to the big race, the Drivers came out and signed posters for the fans in attendance. 
Autographed Driver Poster
All Bets Off in Winners Circle with Driver Matt Kakaley
Maryland Horse Radios Stan Salter with winning Driver Matt Kakaley

War Emblem 2016

War Emblem Drawing 11x14
War Emblem was the 2002 Kentucky Derby winner. This was from a photo by Laurel Humbert, and used by permission. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hoppertunity 2016

Hoppertunity Drawing 11x14
Hoppertunity is a five year old Bay trained by Bob Baffert.
This was a photograph taken this year by Robin Buchanan on Breeders Cup weekend in Santa Anita. Hoppertunity ran in the Classic,and Robin took this picure in the Paddock as the horses headed to the track. 

Anatomy of a Jockey-Sheldon Russell 2016

 Anatomy of a Jockey Drawing 18x24
 Sheldon Russell signing the Drawing
Sheldon, Myself, and Marty Leonard
Sheldons Agent is Marty Leonard. Marty also represents Javien Toledo who has been on this blog numerous times. 
Maryland Million 2015 Sheldon on Monster Sleeping
The first time I went to Laurel Park was for Maryland Million Day in 2015. Sheldon had a few mounts that day, and I took this photograph in Winners Circle with Sheldon aboard Monster Sleeping.

In November I started a column on DanonymousRacing.com called "From the Apron." The column is human interest stories from the Horse Racing industry. Sheldon's story was my December article and titled "Tough as Nails."

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Calvin Borel at Laurel Park Nov.19,2016

 Me with Calvin Borel
On Nov.19,2016 The DeFrancis Dash Stakes race was run at Laurel Park. Calvin Borel had the mount on Ivan Fallunovalot for the race. Calvin is a three time Kentucky Derby winner (2007,09,10).
 Ivan Fallunovalot with Calvin Borel up winning the DeFrancis Dash at Laurel Park

 Calvin in Winners Circle

Ivan Fallunovalot with Calvin Borel up

Assateague Island Nov.12, 2016

 November 12th is my and Laurens Wedding Anniversary. This year, our 22nd, it fell on a Saturday. Lauren and I are forever connected by the ocean, so we decided to take a day trip to one of our favorite places, Assateague Island.
 We were lucky enough to find a couple of ponies out on the dunes.
 Jacob getting the close shot!
 His shot!
 The Chincoteague Pony was recognized as a breed in 1994
The Chincoteague Ponies live on Assateague Island which borders Maryland and Virginia. 
LOVE this place!!!

Empire Maker 2016

Empire Maker Drawing
Empire Maker currently stands at stud at Gainesway Farm in Lexington Kentucky. His best win was the Triple Crown Belmont in 2003. He is probably best know now for being the Sire of Pioneer of the Nile, and Grand Sire of Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah.
This drawing was done off photographs by Laurel Humbert, and used by permission. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Goshen Hounds Opening Meet- Nov.6,2016

With Bethann 
I have written about Triple Crown Bugler Bethann Dixon numerous times on this Blog. Most recently at this years Maryland Million. During that weekend, she invited my family to the Opening Meet of the Goshen Hounds. The Goshen Hounds is a Fox Hunting Club that she belongs to. 
Goshen Hounds Opening Meet Invitation
November 6th arrived and was an absolutely gorgeous fall day. Jacob and I made the drive to Montgomery County in Maryland, and had no idea what to expect.
 Bethann playing Call To Post
After a wonderful breakfast buffet, everyone gathered around. Bethann played Call To Post, and the riders went off to prepare and mount up on their horses. 
 Bethann mounted up
There were a wide variety of people and horse breeds in the hunt club. For this hunt, the Master of Hounds wore red jackets, while the Field Riders wore black. 





Riders mounting up and gathering for the releasing of the hounds
 
 After the riders had all gathered mounted up on their horses, the hounds were brought out. I was surprised how many there actually were. They are a very high strung breed, but quite beautiful.
 Jacob with one of the Hounds
The Master of Hounds prepares to start the Hunt
When all the hunters were gathered and the hounds were released, the Master of Hounds gathered the hounds by blowing a horn. The Chaplain blessed the Riders, Dogs and the Hunt season. 

The Field Riders following the Master of Hounds
The hunt began with the Master of Hounds leading the hounds. The Field riders were divided into Field 1,2 and 3 riders. Field 1 being the stronger and faster horses and riders. 
As the hounds got on the trail of a fox, there were riders positioned around the patch of woods to look for the fox. 
 Field 3 Riders
 Riders on the hilltop prepare for the chase
 The chase concludes when the fox gets caught, or the fox "Holes up." The Master of hounds then prepares the dogs and the field riders for the next chase.

 Master of Hounds leading the dogs
 
Taking a break between hunts
Bethann during the hunt
 The farm that the Opening Meet was held in Montgomery County Maryland was beautiful. In addition to some large sculpture installations, there was various farm animals around. Jacob got a kick out of the lamas!
Jacob with a Lama
Once the dogs get on a scent, most of the dogs and riders disappear into the woods. I was told that the hunts take around three hours, and there are time when you don't see the hunters or dogs for a very long time. When the second chase began, Jacob and I headed home.