Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2015 Belmont Stakes

2015 Belmont Stakes Drawing (22x28)
The 2015 Belmont Stakes, the 147th running of the third jewel of the Triple Crown was held on June 6th. American Pharoah won the 1 1/2 mile race to become the 12th Triple Crown winner, and the first in 37 years since Affirmed in 1978.
I was at my Sisters house for the race. I like many in the horse race world were on the American Pharoah bandwagon, and really wanted to see him win the Triple Crown.  I was going nuts as the horses came onto the front stretch, I still get goosebumps listening to the call by Larry Collmus, screaming at the top of his lungs. "American Pharoah has 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!"
This drawing is 22x28, and is from a photo by Chelsea Durand (NYRA), and used by permission. 
This is a photo of me at my Sisters house, working on my first of four American Pharoah drawings, moments after he had won the Triple Crown at the 2015 Belmont Stakes.

2015 Belmont Stakes Starters
Post          Horse                  Jockey                    Trainer                  
1      Mubtaahij                 Irad Ortiz Jr.             Mike De Kock
2      Tale of Verve            Gary Stevens            Dallas Stewart
3      MadefromLucky      Javier Castellano      Todd Pletcher
4      Frammento               Mike Smith              Nick Zito
5      American Pharoah    Victor Espinoza       Bob Baffert
6      Frosted                      Joel Rosario             Kiaran McLaughlin
7      Keen Ice                   Kent Desormeaux    Dale Romans
8      Materiality                John Velazquez        Todd Pletcher

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monmouth Park Haskell Day July 30,2017

 Haskell Day at Monmouth Park is a special day for me. In 2015, Jacob and I went to Monmouth Park to see Triple Crown winner American Pharoah win the Haskell Stakes. There were over 60,000 people there that day, and it was my first time ever at a race track. In the two years since then, I have dedicated most of my drawing time to Bardsley Equine Art, and have visited some nice tracks, barns, and met some great people!
 One of those people is Dan Torjman. Dan is a video corespondent for ABR (Americas Best Racing), but is also the founder of That is the website that I have written numerous articles for in a human interest column that I call, a"From the Apron."
 One of the highlights of the day for me, was seeing the Mare Miss Temple City. Here is my drawing of her.
 Trained by Graham Motion, I love this horse, and have followed this 5 year old mare now for two years. 
 Miss Temple City in the Paddock prior to Race 11 on the 14 race card.

 Miss Temple City leaves the Paddock with Edgar Prado in the irons.
 Irish War Cry Drawing
 Also trained by Graham Motion, Irish War Cry, a Jersey Bred, has become my favorite horse of the year. 
 Irish War Cry walking in the Paddock

Irish War Cry leaves the Paddock with Rajiv Maragh in the irons
The Upper Grandstand at Monmouth Park
Despite not having one of the winners from this years Triple Crown Races (there were three different winners this year) in the Haskell Stakes for the first time in many years, the crowd was estimated at about thirty thousand. The 14 race card was enjoyed under perfect weather conditions. and I cant wait for Haskell 2018!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Delaware Handicap- Songbird Saturday July 15,2017

 My Songbird Drawing from March of 2016, at the time she was undefeated in six starts.
Songbird on my Bardsley Equine Art Business Cards
I have joked for over a year about Songbird being my "Horse Crush" There was no way I was going to miss her running in the Delaware Hadicap. 
Songbird on the Track, heading to the Paddock area
 Throughout the under-card leading up to the running of the Delaware Handicap, I had gone back and forth during every race, from the track, through the casino to the paddock area, to the walking ring, to the paddock exit to the track, back through the casino, and down to Winners Circle. All of these test runs, were so that I could follow Songbird though all of the stages of the race when it happened.
Songbird in the Walking Ring
 Songbird saddled in the Walking Ring with Mike Smith in the irons
 Songbird with Mike Smith up exiting the Paddock area to the Track
Songbird in flight on the first time down the front stretch
 Songbird approaching the wire to win the Deleware Handicap
 Songbird adorned with the flowers approaches Winners Circle with Mike Smith up
 Songbird in Winners Circle
 Mike Smith talks to the media in Winners Circle
 Me with Songbird flowers in the Delaware Park Casino
That's me in the bottom right with the plaid shirt as Songbird approaches Winners Circle!
She has now won 13 of 14 starts!

Delaware Park- Delaware Handicap Day July 15,2017

July 15th was my first time going to Delaware Park, it was Delaware Handicap Day. The Delaware Handicap is a Grade 1 race for Fillies and Mares 3 years old and up, and is one and one quarter miles on dirt. 
The highlight and main attraction of the Del. Handicap on this day would be the appearance of the  super horse Songbird from California. She had won 12 of 13 races coming into the day. 
 There was a great card of racing prior to the running of the Delaware Handicap. In Race 2, my friend who has been featured in this blog many times, Sheldon Russell, seen here exiting the paddock, had the mount on Lisa Limon.
 Later in the card, Sheldon was in the irons on Cheese On, and I got this photo as he was entering Winners Circle.
 A highlight for me was running into Beth Anne Dixon. Bethann has also been featured in this blog a few times as a Triple Crown Bugler, and also the post about her riding with the Goshen Hounds.
Over the course of a couple years now, through my Equine Drawings, I have become friends with many of the photographers that have given me image use permission. Eric Kalet, who shoots for the Paulick Report, is certainly one of them!
 Penelope Miller is the Managing Editor and one of the photographers for Americas Best Racing. She is a good friend, and I always enjoy seeing her, and have now a number of tracks.
 Of course the biggest highlight of a day at the track is the equine athletes! The next post will be about the Delaware Handicap,  and about my horse crush Songbird.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Monmouth Park - June 23, 2017

 Monmouth Park Starting Gate
On a nice Friday, I went to Monmouth Park for the first time since The Haskell in 2015. That day was my first ever at a race track, and 60,000 other people were there for the same reason as I was. That was the first race for American Pharoah since he had won the Triple Crown. 
Monmouth Park Grandstand
Joe Bravo Drawing
 Joe Bravo in Winners Circle on Fast Friar
Nik Juarez in Winners Circle on Pier Village

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meadowlands Racetrack May 12,2017

 Meadowlands Racetrack (New Grandstand)
On a beautiful Friday night, Joshua and his friend Mike from college and I went to Meadowland Racetrack to see the Standardbred races and meet track photographer Jim Lisa. I have used a couple of Jim's photographs, and wanted to deliver some prints.  
 With Hurricane Hannah Miller
After meeting Jim in the Photography Office in the new grandstand, he took us to the to backside and into the paddock. I was able to meet Hurricane Hannah and give her a print, and have her sign one for me.
 Hurricane Hannah Drawing
 Dateline Hanover Drawing
The other image of Jim's that I had drawn was Dateline Hanover. Jim is friends with the horses owners, and I gave him a print for them also. 
 Mike Blume, Joshua and Myself
It was great spending time back in the paddock. Mike had never been around horses up close!
 Mike and Joshua and I in Winners Circle
Early in the race card, Jim called me and told me to meet him at Winners Circle after the third race. Joshua and Mike and I got to go into Winners Circle to present the trophy to the winning connections, but they never showed up, so it was just us. 
With the winners trophy
 Horsing Around
 Warming Up
 Hurricane Hannahs Helmet
Bikes in the Paddock
 In the Paddock

What a great night for Joshua, Mike and myself. Jim provided us with an all access experience for my first at Meadowlands. What a beautiful facility! I cant wait to go back again!
Thank you so much to Jim Lisa and Hannah Miller for the experience!!!