Saturday, June 16, 2018

HRN: Through the lens: Scenes from Justify's Triple Crown triumph

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Through the lens: Scenes from Justify's Triple Crown triumph


"There is a certain air of electricity at Belmont Park when a Triple Crown is on the line. Suspense builds throughout the day like the plot of an action movie as the Belmont Stakes approaches. Throngs of fans fill the vast grandstand apron, many of them donning some sort of support for the horse making a bid for racing’s most illustrious prize.

It was only three years ago when American Pharoah rocked not only the racing world, but the sports world, when he ended the longest drought in Triple Crown history by becoming the first horse in 37 years to sweep the series. But recency could not diminish the allure of the potential of a history-making moment.

This year, all eyes were on yet another charge from the hair of the white-haired wizard Bob Baffert in a robust, eye-catching chestnut colt named Justify. Although the colt owned by a conglomerate of owners (WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners LLC, and Starlight Racing) had no enduring drought to end, he still had a magnitude of history to make. . ."

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Through the lens: Scenes from Keeneland's spring meet

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Through the lens: Scenes from Keeneland's spring meet


"Mother Nature has kept the state of Kentucky on its toes this year. Just when spring appears to finally be flourishing, wintry weather strikes again, leaving the Bluegrass State wondering if winter will ever leave. Kentucky weather is notorious for being unpredictable and temperamental; it’s difficult to know what it will throw at you.

But one thing is certain about spring in Kentucky: a wonderful time at Keeneland spent watching excellent racing. . ."

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Friday, February 9, 2018

HRN: A Texan's plea to save horse racing in her home state

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A Texan's plea to save horse racing in her home state


"This is an actual letter (excluding a bit of personal information) I recently sent to various members of the Texas legislature regarding the current state of the Texas horse racing industry.

My name is Mary Cage. I am a senior at the University of North Texas in Denton, where I am enrolled in the nationally accredited Mayborn School of Journalism while concentrating in advertising and minoring in marketing. But my true passion lies in horse racing.

Do you know how sad it has been to grow up in Texas with a passion for horse racing? To be that horse-crazy little girl with dreams as big as the Texas sky, only to have to rein in those dreams because my very own home state has prevented me from pursuing those dreams as fervently as I should? Can you imagine your own children discovering their passion at age eight, only to realize as they grow older that where they live will put limitations on that passion and their dreams?

Well, that’s how I feel.
 . ."
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

HRN: Photos from beautiful Keeneland's opening weekend

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Photos from beautiful Keeneland's opening weekend


"Although it is not my home state, Kentucky has always felt like it, particularly the Lexington area. The rolling green hills lined with wooden fences. The fields dotted with Thoroughbreds grazing and frolicking. The sign of the horse everywhere  on street signs, in ads downtown, in road names.

But one place in particular truly feels like home: Keeneland.

Nestled on the outskirts of Lexington, bordered by Blue Grass Airport and the historic Calumet Farm, and overlooking beautiful Kentucky scenery, Keeneland is certainly in the heart of horse country. Each year – for three weeks in the spring, and three weeks in the fall – thousands of race fans enter the gates surrounded by Keeneland’s idyllic ivy-walled stone walls to witness some of the nation’s highest quality racing. . ."

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

HRN: My First Trip to Saratoga: A Photo Essay

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My First Trip to Saratoga: A Photo Essay


"Every racing enthusiast has a list of racetracks they hope to make it someday. As far as North American tracks go, there is probably one track that likely frequents these lists more so than others: Saratoga Race Course.

This certainly applied to me. I can name off a multitude of other tracks I would love to attend, but Saratoga seems to be one of the tracks that has eluded me. Since 1863, Saratoga has contributed some of racing's most colorful stories to the history books of the Thoroughbred. Year after year, it is the meet that attracts the attention of everyone in the industry, hosting some of the nation's most successful and promising racehorses.


But I thought it would be years before I ever made it to Saratoga. However, something fell together this summer for me to be able to make my first trip to Saratoga Springs, New York. In large part thanks to Horse Racing Nation's own Brian Zipse, I was invited to join the Young Racing Photographers Panel at Equestricon - the first-ever horse racing convention, held this summer in Saratoga Springs. In a whirlwind of events, I found myself in upstate New York to attend not only racing's most illustrious track, but its very first celebration and fan festival.


While Equestricon took up most of my time since I was only there for a few days, I was certain to spend some time at the track in the mornings - although I never got to attend a Saratoga sunrise like I've always dreamed of (maybe another trip!) - and of course go to the races.


Upon my first morning visit to the track, I was instantly blown away by the size and beauty of Saratoga, as well as the mass of people there - even in the morning. It was clear that horse racing is the culture in Saratoga Springs. In awe, I watched morning training with my camera in hand to catch the scenes. After all, it had not sunk in that I was actually at Saratoga; I would need these photos to capture the memories. . ."

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Monday, June 19, 2017

HRN: Photo Blog: Stephen Foster Night at Churchill Downs

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"On Churchill Downs’ biggest day (or rather, night) other than Kentucky Oaks or Kentucky Derby Days, a crowd of more than 20,000 filed in beneath the twin spires for a special edition of Downs After Dark: Stephen Foster night. With five graded stakes on the card, featuring top horses like Gun RunnerMcCraken, and Forever Unbridled, the atmosphere was electric as the sun began to set on Louisville, Kentucky. . ."

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Monday, May 8, 2017

HRN: Racing's Future: Jade Cunningham

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"“Racing’s Future” is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon.

Meet Jade Cunningham

20-year-old Jade Cunningham is originally from Nashville, Tennessee, where all her family lives, and now resides in Oklahoma. She started on the racetrack at age 12, and her love for racehorses came a couple years after that. She is currently in school working to obtain a bachelor’s degree in communications. Last summer, she worked as an assistant trainer for Danny Pish at Lone Star Park. . ."

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