…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!


7 responses

  1. Cool shot! Looks like you’re really enjoying that new lens. It’s definitely at the top of my to-buy list.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm

  2. Thanks Scott, it’s a 70-200 with a 2X wide open f5.6

    August 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm

  3. Very cool! I bet that was a lot of fun.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

  4. Your comment on the article “Sometimes People Love The Subject, Not Your Photo
    by Peter West Carey” suggest you are either modest, reverse vain or too critical of your work. Dude its a pretty good shot.
    By your own admission this isn’t just a lucky shot’. Imho accept your friends compliments, they are well deserved. After all it was good enough to post. ;p
    I’ll be hitting Del Mar in the next few days. Your photograph has inspired me, thx.

    August 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    • Wow – thanks for your kind words. I am my worst crtic. A hint about Del Mar, pay the extra $4 to be allowed to get close to the Winner’s Circle and then kindly ask Security to be allowed to hop the fence to get close to the rail. You can get some stunning up-track shots from this vantage point! Happy shooting and thanks for visiting!

      August 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm

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