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I really enjoy shooting horse racing. 

We visit Keeneland — the historic race trace in Lexington, Ky. — for the spring meet in April and the fall meet in October. It's fun to watch the horses, win (or lose) a little money and enjoy being out with the crowd. We hang around the rail and I grab some shots of horses as they come down the stretch.

But this photo, one of my favorite horse racing shots, was taken from the parking lot.


My wife and I were at Keeneland for the opening day of the 2009 fall meet and suffered through a rainy, overcast day. We left the track after the seventh race so we could stop by the hotel before meeting friends for dinner. As we were walking to the car I made a detour to a spot beside the parking lot with a view of the track and the turn to the home stretch. Since the eighth race was about to start I decided to see what sort of photo I could get on the turn.

I was very lucky. The field stayed tightly bunched on the turn, providing me an opportunity to get a shot of the horses running in a pack almost straight at me. Then I ran to the car to beat traffic.

The horse on the lead — Fatal Bullet, under jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva (orange cap and silks in center of photo) — held on down the stretch to win.

About the photographer

I’m a photo hobbyist who lives in Hilliard, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. I typically spend several mornings each week in the woods of local parks, photographing birds and other wildlife. I also enjoy shooting sporting events and photographing different cities when I travel around the country.


I began doing photography in the pre-digital, pre-autofocus, pre-Internet 1970s. I had a color darkroom in the basement of our house in our hometown, Ashland, Ky., and on occasion would shoot for the newspaper where I worked first as a sports writer, then as city editor. But I put the camera away in the 1980s after burning out from too many of those "hey can you" photo jobs — “hey can you shoot my son's Little League team," or "hey can you shoot my daughter's wedding." I reached the point where I dreaded picking up the camera.

After taking a vacation from photography for more than 20 years, I was using my daughter’s point-and-shoot digital camera to get some photos of her first college tennis match in fall 2004 (she played four years at the University of Akron) and realized how much I missed photography. After doing the “Nikon or Canon” research, I bought a Canon digital SLR, started adding lenses — that’s my Canon 600 f/4L, the lens I use for wildlife and some sports photography, in the photo above — and have been shooting ever since.