…and the Horses are Approaching the Gate
Another shot from the track at Del Mar in California during a wonderful Sunday of Horse Racing fun. We were able to get close to the action by asking very politely, “Miss, could we please stand here to take this shot?” The kind Security Lady obliged and we got prime position to see the start of this race on the Turf at Del Mar! We wanted to use a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 with 2x Teleconverter to it’s max by shooting wide open….this gives the sharp focus to the foreground and the blurry background as the anxious horses and Jockeys approach the Gate! Now a bit more History!
By 1940, Del Mar became the summer playground for many Hollywood stars. Between 1942 and 1944 the facility was closed due to the Second World War. Initially, the grounds are used for training by the Marines, then as a manufacturing site for parts to B-17 bombers.
The first Bing Crosby Handicap was held at Del Mar in 1946 and that same year the Santa Fe Railroad began offering a racetrack special bringing spectators, bettors and horses to Del Mar from Los Angeles. Throughout the late 1940s and 1950s the track became the Saratoga of the West for summer racing. The track had large purses for many stakes, over half of which were won by the legendary jockey, Bill Shoemaker! www.kerstenbeck.com