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 DanonymousRacing.com. 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!!