I'll Have Another win
This past week, I covered the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
Early morning workouts, nice light, inebriated infield revelers, fashionable hats, and fast horses made for a great week of hard team work for various wires. As the saying goes, "Say 'we' when you win, and say 'I' when you lose." This was certainly a 'we' week.
In addition, I want to publicly thank those running the show at Pimlico and other horse racing photographers, media that helped me out during the morning workouts during the week. While not new to the Preakness Stakes, I was very fresh on the workouts which can be a little confusing at times; so thank you if you're reading.
As always, the big race wears on you all day long on Saturday. Remotes are set and checked continually, positions are marked, and the light can change on you in a split second. But then the gates open and your mind takes over as you document sports history.
In the end, I'll Have Another caught Bodemeister at the wire to win Preakness - and the first two races of the Triple Crown. An exciting time for horse racing, he will go to the Belmont Stakes looking to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.
Early in the week, I was focusing on a series of images based on quiet moments of Preakness week, but as always, things change. Nonetheless, I ended up converting the pictures in this essay.
With that, I didn't want to start my essay off with the same image as my last blog post, so a single color image starts off of the essay before my favorites from of the week.