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!!!

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