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When 3 horses scratched from the 8-horse field of the 4th race, I decided against betting on In the Dark, who I unsuccessfully bet on last year when he was a super-longshot who wound up finishing last! And of course, because Denzel and Glickman decided to duel, it set up perfectly for him to win and #1 Carolinian to storm up to close. D’aww! 

When 3 horses scratched from the 8-horse field of the 4th race, I decided against betting on In the Dark, who I unsuccessfully bet on last year when he was a super-longshot who wound up finishing last! And of course, because Denzel and Glickman decided to duel, it set up perfectly for him to win and #1 Carolinian to storm up to close. D’aww! 

A ‘Dance’ to Remember Always

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Last year, there weren’t very many horses who popped onto my radar as good two-year-olds. Of that amount, fewer kept my interest in them strong enough to track them throughout their current three-year-old year. And even fewer (and perhaps what makes this scenario so unique), are the ones I began tracking simply because I loved their butt. I wrote about Dance With Fate back in January, when Kentucky Derby horses are just beginning to take form, listing him as #8 in my first top 10 list of the Derby season. Besides Honor Code, I do believe he was the only horse to stay on that Derby Top 10 list in February and March while serving as my #1 pick in both the El Camino Real Derby (III) and the Blue Grass Stakes (I). I then gave him the thumbs up upon entering the gate for the Kentucky Derby, listing him as my #2 pick. He ran a respectable 6th after a rocky trip, all after being pretty much ignored at the windows at 16-1.

In July, I mentioned on Twitter that I was excited to finally photograph the black beauty, but unfortunately, he was scratched from the Belmont Derby (I) after getting a little colicky. If it was fate that intervened in our meeting, I damn Lady Destiny even more than I have before, as yesterday it was announced that Dance With Fate was dead.

I’m upset that it happened, sad that I never got to see for myself the horse I believed in and followed for so many months, but happy that his pain was kept short. He was not only a beautiful horse, but an animal that was loved dearly by those who cared for him and followed him. Every now and then, tragedy strikes, but in this case I am glad to see the departure of Dance affect so many and on such a deep level. It inspires faith in humanity and the potential for continued years of greatness in Thoroughbred horse racing. Dance may not have lived long enough to reach his full potential, but he managed to show us a piece of his being that one spring day at Keeneland.

Thank you, Dance.

The ultra impressive half sister to Royal Delta: Crown Queen

Tourist, winner of the Sir Cat Stakes on Saratoga Opening Day 2014

We can’t be friends unless you love America a whole lot.

The fittingly-named Beautyinthepulpit

#1 Sol the Freud and John Velazquez surge past #5 Handy Stan and Irad Ortiz Jr to bag the second race on Sanford Saturday.

#1 Sol the Freud and John Velazquez surge past #5 Handy Stan and Irad Ortiz Jr to bag the second race on Sanford Saturday.

Sunrise at the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.

Sunrise at the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.

Ready for Saratoga!

It’s on like Donkey Kong! Got my season pass photo on with a fresh haircut (I think it’s too short… before it was too long… I think I’m firing my stylist, no one seems to know how to do a good job with short girl cuts). And a special thanks to the fabulous human being morningline who sent me one of her photos which is now on display at my nest:

So yes, if you’re going to be at Saratoga tomorrow (Friday opening day), Saturday, or Sunday feel free to hunt me down and say hi. I wear glasses, a camera backpack, and usually a cap.

I’ll be shooting the ponies all weekend and will have an editorial of all the cool racing up next week. It should be a good excursion, as this is my first ever opening day and my first time at ‘Toga with a companion, as fourfurlongs will accompanying me just about the whole time I’m there and I’m hoping to reunite with a-lamb-to-the-darkness for the first time since Union Rags won the Belmont. Woooooo! 

Going to the Thoroughbred races, keeping "track" of the memories. Obsessively providing a comprehensive and personal glance at the sport of kings through original photography, handicapping analysis, editorials, and much more.

Tracks visited: Calder, Saratoga, Belmont, Suffolk, Aqueduct.


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