Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Timonium Fairgrounds Sept. 5,2016

 Timonium Race Track at the State Fair
On Labor day, Sept.5, 2016, Jacob and his friend Devin and I went to the State Fair in Timonium. We had never been, and I really liked the 5/8 mile dirt track, small grandstand, and paddock.
 Svindahl in the Paddock
While we were there, a friend introduced us to trainer Ann Merryman. She had two horsed running on the 9 race card. One of those horsed was Svindahl, a Kentucky bred Bay Colt.
 Svindahl in the Paddock
 Devin and Jacob with Jockey Yomar Ortiz
Later in the day Ann had a horse ridden by Jockey Yomar Ortiz. I had taken Jacobs picture with Yomar at Pimlico on Preakness day.
Unknown Horse

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Torch Bearers Statue at Stevens Institute of Technology-2016

 The Torch Bearers Drawing (5.5x8 inches)
The Torch Bearers Statue at Stevens Institute of Technology
This fall, my son Joshua started college at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken NJ. He is a Music and Technology major in the College of Arts and Letters. 
While I was on the campus, I started looking at this statue. It is called The Torch Bearers. The statue was presented to the University in April of 1964 by American Sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington. It is cast in aluminum, and stands 16 feet high. 

Funny Cide 2016

Funny Cide Drawing
Funny Cide won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in 2003. He was the first New York Bred Horse to win the Kentucky Derby. He was also the first Gelding to win that race since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929.
I saw this photograph on Twitter and loved it. It is by photographer Frances J. Karon. It is the second one of her photographs that she has given me image user permission for. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Saratoga Travers Saturday Aug. 27-2016

 Entrance to Saratoga Race Track
A buddy of mine from work asked me this week if I wanted to do a day trip to Saratoga Race Track, nicknamed The Spa, for the 147th running of the Travers Stakes race on Saturday. Of course I said yes. 
 The Clubhouse end from the apron
Everyone that I know or have met in horse racing has told me that The Spa is the greatest. I certainly cant argue that after being there!
 The Grandstand end from the apron
The weather was just spectacular, and the track facilities themselves are just incredible!
 Flowers on the grandstand
 At the entrance fountain
 Myself with Bethann and Sam the Bugler
When I walked down to Winner Circle for the first race, I saw Bethann Dixon and Sam the Bugler ready to play the Call to Post. I have just recently won an art contest for the cover art for the Maryland Million Gala program with my drawing of Bethann. This was the first time we had spoken since the contest results were released.
 Bethann Dixon Drawing
 With Penelope Miller
During the day I saw Penelope Miller a couple times. Penelope is a photographer and Senior Manager for ABR Live (Americas Best Racing). She had taken the photograph that I did the drawing of Nyquist from. I met her during Preakness week at the ABR Preakness Party.
 Nyquist Drawing
 Starting gates getting set for the Travers
Race 11 of the 13 race card was the 147th running of the Travers, The race is a Grade 1, 1 1/4 mile two turn race on the dirt with a purse of $1,250,000. Called the "Mid Summer Derby", the Travers features many of the best three year olds in the country, Many of whom have been in the Triple Crown races over the Summer.
Ready for the Travers
Exaggerator coming onto the track
Exaggerator won the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown. That was my first Triple Crown race.
My Exaggerator Drawing
 Gun Runner won the Louisiana Derby this Summer
 Creator
Creator won the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stake, and the Arkansas Derby this year
 Connect
 Destin
 Arrogate at the wire
Arrogate, trained by Bob Baffert put on such an amazing performance! Arrogate with Mike Smith up, won the race by 12 lenghts, and smashed the track recond with a time of 1:59:36.
Arrogate heading to Winners Circle with Mike Smith up
 Miss Temple City coming onto the track
The 12th race of the card was the Ballston Spa, a Grade 2 Stake race for Fillies and Mare 3 years old and up. Two turns on the 1 1/16 mile turf course. I was excited to see Miss Temple City who I drew earlier this year. 
Miss Temple City Drawing
 Caton Breder from TVG
Eric Kalet shooting at Winners Circle
Eric is a photographer for the Paulick Report. He and I have become friends on Twitter, and we were able to meet at Black Eyed Susan Day this year at Pimlico.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Amy and Cruz 2016

Amy and Cruz
Amy Nesse resides near Chicago, and we follow each other on Twitter. She is a Horse industry writer, and handicapper. Cruz is a Quarter Horse who belongs to the photographer who took the photo. The photograph was taken by Cara Arnolds Photography. There were so many elements that I wanted to draw. Amys hiar, the plaid flannel, the white main on Cruz.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Black 2016

 Black Drawing
 Jacob feeding Black a carrott
Me giving Black a treat
Black is another Thoroughbred that I was commissioned to draw out of Helmore Farm in Maryland. He is very aggressive, and my relationship with him is a challenge to me. I think he is a gorgeous horse, and I was glad I was asked to draw him. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Tack and Horse Sketches 2016

 Halter Hardware Drawing
 Bit Drawing
Bliss' Eye Drawing
This week I started doing some smaller finished drawings. These are 5.5x8. 

Helmore Farm- July 12,2016

Bliss, Annette, and I with the Bliss Drawing
This past Tuesday, Jacob and I went to Helmore Farm. The purpose of our visit was to deliver the Bliss drawing to my client Annette. She loved the drawing, and we got Bliss out of her stall for photos. 
Bliss
Annette put Bliss in the grooming stall, and spent some time showing Jacob different things she does daily with her.
Jacob and Bliss
Cindy with Black and I
After putting Bliss back in her stall, we spent some time with Annette's friend Cindy. She has a retired thoroughbred race horse named Black. I have met him before. He is very aggressive and can be dangerous. It is amazing to watch Cindy with him, and she seemed to enjoy the enthusiasm that Jacob and I showed for learning and spending time with she and Black. 
Noah Yawning
Noah, one of the other horses in the barn, put on quite the yawning show!
 Nancy on Indian
As we were getting ready to leave, Nancy another horse owner at Helmore was preparing the jumping ring to tide her retireed thoroughbred Indian. She said she didnt mind if we stayed and watched. 
 Nancy with Indian
Hayla with Jacob up
When Nancy was close to finishing her riding, she asked Jacob if he had ever ridden a horse to which he replied no. Within minutes, she had put Indian away and tacked up her mare Hayla. Nancy helped Jacob aboard and gave him his first riding lesson. 
Hayla with me up
I couldn't resist the opportunity, and when Jacob was done on Hayla it was my turn for a quick ride. What an incredible couple hours for Jacob and I. On my previous visit with Joshua, Annette had stated how most horse people start very young. She said how nice it was to see the interest and  teach older people about the horses. Clearly all of the woman that Jacob and I spent time with felt the same way. Annette, Cindy, and Nancy were incredibly gracious with their time and knowledge. Jacob and I just had an amazing time! 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Gone Bluffn' 2016

Gone Bluffn.
Gone Bluffn' is a filly that races at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. I was contacted by her owner via Twitter, and he commissioned me to do the drawing. Despite being drawn from a cell phone photo, I love the way this came out, and is one of my favorite equine portraits. My client had me send it to his father as a surprise gift which I thought was really cool!

Bliss 2016

 Bliss Drawing
 Bliss and I exiting the barn at Helmore Farm
 Bliss with Annette and I      Photo Joshua Bardsley
 Joshua and Bliss
Annette and Bliss
I met Annette at Black Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico during Preakness week. After exchanging emails, she commissioned me to do a drawing of her horse Bliss. Bliss is a 28 year old thoroughbred mare who raced when she was younger. Joshua and I went to Helmore Farm to photograph Bliss. Joshua had never been that close to a horse, and loved her. She is very gentle, and a perfect horse for his fist experience. I shot quite a few pictures, and ironically, Joshua took the shot that I did the drawing from.