The Homestretch

Win, Place or Show?

This was shot from just outside The Winner’s Circle at the track in Del Mar, California. The vantage point was perfect to capture the thundering horses as they raced to the finish. Our use of a 70-200mm telephoto with a 2x Teleconverter allowed for some amazing close action shots. It also makes focus and shutter release tricky as these horses move fast when they are up close like this beauty! Now a bit about the track.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Del Mar continued to offer high quality racing and continued to be one of the premier racetracks in the country. The track attempted to run a fall meet in the 1960s but later canceled it after getting lackluster results. Change marked the 1980s when the infield was opened to spectators and in 1984 Trevor Denman became the voice of Del Mar. The track still offered the best summer racing in the West and continued to grow in purses, handle and attendance.

In the 1990s the track underwent a major renovation. The grandstand of the Del Mar Fairgrounds was demolished and replaced. In 1991 the track ran its richest race to date, the $1,000,000 Grade I Pacific Classic Stakes. The first Classic was won by an impressive three-year-old named Best-Pal.

Into the new century the track continued to post records in handle and attendance and offered some of the greatest thoroughbred racing in America.

7 responses

  1. Another great photograph, dude. Seriously great capturing the sense motion.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm

  2. Very cool shot!! Amazing how the head is sharp, and the body is in motion. Great shot.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:46 am

    • Thanks for visiting and the kind comments – a race track is full of amazing Photographic opportunities!

      August 5, 2011 at 7:39 am

  3. LOVE the sense of fluid motion in this shot, Erik!!!

    August 5, 2011 at 11:47 am

  4. I’ve enjoyed this whole series but damn, you really nailed this one!

    August 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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