Monday, May 8, 2017

Sheldon Russell April 23,2017

 Sheldon and I with a print of our drawing
On April 23rd, Sheldon Russell returned to the saddle after a 7 month layoff with the hand injury. Jacob and I went to Laurel Park to see in on his first mount back.
 Sheldon signing for a client
While we were there, we met Sheldon in the Jocks room to have him sign a print for a client. I also had prints for he and his agent Marty Leonard.
 Sheldon with the print I gifted to him
 Sweet Baby with Sheldon in the irons
Sheldon Russell

Monday, April 17, 2017

Zenyatta 2017

Zenyatta Drawing
This is the second drawing that I have done from a photograph by Alex Evers, Equine Photographer from California. 
Zenyatta (20:19-1-0) was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame last year. 
Among her many awards and accomplishments, she was awarded American Horse of the Year in 2010, and in 2009 won the Breeders Cup Classic, racing against the boys. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Irish War Cry 2017

Irish War Cry Drawing
Irish War Cry is a 3 year old colt bred in New Jersey. He is trained by Graham Motion, and is one of the higher ranked horsed on this years Kentucky Derby Trail. The photo I used for this drawing was taken at Palm Meadows training center in Florida by Grahams wife Anita Motion. Irish War Cry will run in the Wood Memorial Stakes Race on April 8th at Aqueduct, and will be ridden by Rajiv Maragh.
Thank you to Anita Motion for image use permission.  

Aqueduct "The Big A" April 5,2017

 Aqueduct Entrance
April 5th, I went to Aqueduct for the first time. Run by the New York Racing Association, "The Big A" was opened in 1894. It is in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York
 Frosted who I drew earlier this year, won the Wood Memorial Stakes in 2015. That race is this coming weekend.
 Although not great for fan photography, I did like the configuration of the Paddock. Recessed from the viewing area, spectators get a great view of the horses walking, being saddled, and ridden up to the track for the post parade. 
 The flowers were beautiful around the paddock
 Irad Ortiz Jr. on Bay City Blues
 Jose Ortiz on Competitiveness
 Rajiv Maragh on White Flag
 Mo Town schooling in the Paddock for Saturdays Wood Memorial
 Mo Town schooling
 Irad Ortiz Jr. wired the field on Kathryn the Wise trained by Chad Brown
Irad Ortiz Jr. on Blue Belt
Jose Ortiz on Dark as Midnight

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hannah "Hurricane Hannah" Miller 2017

Hannah Miller Drawing
"Hurricane Hannah" Miller is a Harness Racing Driver who completes mostly at Meadowlands Race Track. In 2016 Hannah won the award for National Amateur Driver of the Year for the second time. Trainer Erv Miller is her Father, and Marcus Miller is her brother, also a rising star in the sport of Harness Racing. This drawing was done from a photograph by Jim Lisa the Official Tack Photographer at Meadowlands. 

Dateline Hanover 2017

Dateline Hanover Drawing
Dateline Hanover is a Standardbred horse that runs at the Meadowlands Race Track. The photograph that I used for this drawing was taken by Jim Lisa of Lisa Photo. He is the Official Track Photographer for Meadowlands.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Al Hamla Colt 2017

Al Hamla Colt Drawing
I love the foaling season! My last post contained pictures of the Standardbred Foals at Diamond Creek Farm. They were the first ones I had ever seen in person. 
This is Al Hamla and her colt out of Olympic Glory. The picture was taken at Haras De Bouquetot in France for Al Shaquab Racing.
This photograph was taken by Zuzanna Lupa, and she gave me "Image use permission."

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Diamond Creek Farm Feb.21,2017

Always B Miki Drawing
Last year I posted my drawing of Always B Miki, with the story of his come back from injury. Miki became the only Standardbred ever to win four races in less than 1:47. Then on Oct. 9,2016 racing in the Allerage Farm Pace at Red Mile in Kentucky, Miki set the world Standardbred record stopping the timer at 1:46:00  Miki now stands at stud at Diamond Creek Farm. Recently they contacted me with interest in the drawing.
Entrance to Diamond Creek Farm
On a gorgeous Feb. day, Jacob and I drove to Diamond Creek Farm in Wellsville Pa. We were welcomed by Caroline and her staff and started off with a tour. 
 Foal less than a week old
The first thing we saw were the new foals. There were a few of them less than a week old. I had never seen a foal in person. Jacob and I could not believe how soft they were, and how willing to have human interaction while the mares watched closely. 

Jacob pets one of the foals under the watchful eye of Mom

 The Stallion Barn
Our next stop was the Stallion Barn. The staff had kept Creatine and Always B Miki in the barn until our visit so that they would be clean and shiny for photos before being turned out into their fields. 
Creatine was also a champion Standardbred, with a big win coming in the 2013 Kentucky Futurity.
Of course the highlight of the trip was meeting Miki. The fastest Standardbred in history! What an incredible creature!
 Always B Miki in his field
Sweet Lou "The Great White Blaze" earned his nickname in the Summer of 2014 winning 10 consecutive races, with six races being sub 1:48. He is the only Pacer in history to accomplish this. He also still holds the World Record mile for 2 year old (1:49.0)
Sweet Lou in his field
Sweet Lou just returned from breeding in New Zealand.

Dortmund 2017

Dortmund Drawing
Dortmund is a big chestnut colt foaled on Feb.7,2012. known for his size (17 hands, 1280 lbs.) he is the son of Big Brown who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 2008. Dortmund himself was considered a Triple Crown contender during the American Pharoah campaign. He finished third in that Kentucky Derby, and fourth in the Preakness before a long lay off. He is currently still racing. 
This drawing was done from a photograph by Alex Evers who gave me image use permission.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Renee Barrel Racing 2017

Renee Drawing
Renee a friend, gave me a picture of her Barrel Racing. This was a fun drawing, and I changed her hat from a riding helmet. 


Frosted Drawing
I still get goosebumps when I re-watch the home stretch run of the 2015 Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah had won the fist two legs of the Triple Crown. As the horses came off the final turn Larry Collmus, who has called so many huge races was screaming, "American Pharoah's got a two length lead, Frosted is all out at the Sixteenth pole, and here it is, the 37 year wait is over, American Pharoah is finally the one, AMERICAN PHAROAH HAS WON THE TRIPLE CROWN!" 
Rarely in this NOW society does anyone remember who comes in second. I believe that with the exception of baseball, does anyone really remember history in sports. Im quite sure most NFL fans can not tell you who won the last 5 Super Bowls, and certainly not who they beat. Even in horse racing. I doubt that most fans can name all, or half of the twelve Triple Crown Winners. But because of American Pharoah, and the Belmont call of Larry Collmus, people will always know who came in second to AP when he won the Triple Crown. 
Although Frosted is best known for that second place finish (he was second to AP four times), he actually was very succesful, with five G1 wins. He set a record with a Dazzling permformance in the 2016 Metrololitan Handicap (Met Mile) at Belmont Park. He followed that up with a win in the Whitney Handicap in Saratoga Race Course. 
This drawing was done from a photograph at the 2016 Breeders Cup Classic by Robin Buchanan. It is the fourth drawing I have done from one of her photographs. 

Jim McCue- Maryland Jockey Club 2017

Jim McCue at Laurel Park
Jim McCue is the track photographer for Maryland Jockey Club who runs Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course. 
 Jim and I with my Secretariat Drawing
Jim took the photograph that of Secretariat during the 1973 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico that I did this drawing from. I gave him a print. 
 Jim photographing in Winners Circle at Laurel Park
I did an article about Jim for my column "From the Apron" on I joined Jim at Laurel Park and he allowed me to join him on the rail for the 9 race card. We discussed his story and career during the day. 
Jim photographing the finish wire at Laurel Park
Jim has been the track photographer for Maryland Jockey Club for 47 years! I believe that Jim is the only active professional equine photographer to have shot more that one Triple Crown Winner. He has actually shot four with Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, and now American Pharoah! 

Secretariat 2017

Secretariat Drawing
Secretariat was the 1973 Triple Crown Winner. His record times in all three jewels of the Triple Crown Races still stand today. Those records include his winning the third jewel, the Belmont Stakes, by 31 lengths! 1973 was the first time the Triple Crown had been won in 25 years. It was won twice more in the 70's with Seattle Slew in 1977, and Affirmed in 1978.
The photograph that inspired this drawing was taken by Jim McCue of the Maryland Jockey Club during the post parade for the  1973 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Maryland.

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