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How can I purchase the right to use one of your photos.

Asked by Anonymous

Hello! Any special inquiries like that can be sent directly to my email, dawnawood AT gmail dot com. Thank you and I’m glad you enjoy my photos.

I was at the Belmont too and also got sick from heat exhausation... was hoping to spot you, but I think I was further down on the fence than you!

Asked by Anonymous

Aww I’m so sorry to hear that! It sucked didn’t it? I’ll be writing something to NYRA… again… about the enhanced security policy. It’s hurting them and it’s hurting us not being allowed to bring our own items. 

I didn’t see a LOT of people I was hoping to see at the Belmont. It was just way too crazy trying to move further than a few feet no matter where you sat/stood. I’ll be at the Stars and Stripes Festival on July 5 if you’re going!

Hi! It's super awesome for you to do this giveaway! I was just wondering if you only wanted us to reblog once, or if more reblogs meant more entries. Thanks again! :)

Asked by Anonymous

Just once will do, thank you for asking and good luck everybody! :)

Hello! I'm one of those people going to Belmont for the first time this year (we've just got general grandstand admission). Do you have any advice for which area of the track has the best view?

Asked by silly-fox-in-sox

I might have suggested somewhere higher up since this IS the Belmont, being that the field will go one loooooong lap around Sandy.

Then again, on the same token that this IS *the* Belmont, I wouldn’t settle for anywhere but on the fence. Best view of the pones, more fans (who hopefully are not drunk and falling on you, but I digress you will encounter that anywhere). Whenever I talked to someone with a seat— mostly strangers— last year, they all said it was better down on the apron and they probably wouldn’t bother with reserved seating in the future.

See you there!

The photo of Clearly Now with his/her sclera so red is disconcerting. I'll assume that given he/she finished fourth, the race was especially tough and as such was overexerted. Good photo, just painful to look at.

Asked by room42

He was actually third… as I recall, the pacesetter (and eventual winner) kept the race’s overall pace pretty slow and was able to roll off and win pretty easily. Clearly Now is a closer type, so that’s probably why he was unable to win… he needed a much faster pace early on to be a threat in the stretch. 

I’ll have to look back at my pictures of him in November to see if that’s a new or old problem with the whites of his eyes.

Do you think this years crop of three year olds are looking more talented and interesting than last year?

Asked by nicoledowland-deactivated201404

By leaps and bounds. I think whomever is 3rd in this year’s Derby could have beaten Orb last year.

I don’t think they’re as interesting as the 2012 field or as talented as 2007 & 2012, but we’ve got a nice colorful group of personalities, strategies, connection stories, some good names, some rivalries, and some 1 1/4 mile talents.

does the points system make it (virtually) impossible for fillies to be entered in the Derby now?

Asked by Anonymous

I don’t think it’s “impossible.”

Let’s say there’s a really really nice filly one year. Her owners decide to take it easy with her, competing only against fillies, until they sense she might be better than that, then they shoot for a 100-point race which is basically a “win and you’re in” type of deal. All she needs to do is win that race, and let’s face it, not all of them fill up very well quality-wise *cough cough* Wood Memorial *cough*.

It’s not impossible! But it’s still quite unlikely that a filly can win the Derby…

Sat here crying over Chriselliam. Its really hit me hard, she was barely three years old. We've lost so many good horses this year and the end of 2013. They're so strong and yet so fragile.

Asked by nicoledowland-deactivated201404

I was absolutely stunned to hear the news, too. To me, she was by far the most amazing two-year-old filly I had seen last year and better than most of the colts (barring Honor Code, I don’t think anyone could top that kind of magic or at least the hold he has over me). It was just a freakish thing, to lose her over something seemingly so small. Yes, it reminds us how fragile horses are, that something as small as an infection could end their lives.

Rest in peace, Chriselliam. Losing you long before your time was a huge huge blow to international horse racing.

That horse with abel flores is tapiture, on the derby trail

Asked by tcarlynn

Thank you! He commented via Disqus so I was very very happy to learn about that factoid today.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly why I try to photograph as many horses as I can wherever I may be. You never know who that unknown horse is out on the training track… especially at Saratoga! Thank you again!

We have the same pick for the LeComte (is that how you spell it?) tomorrow. :)

Asked by ladyoftheturf

Woot woot!

I don’t usually like going for such a drastic stretch-out, but I thought that last race of Vicar’s looked too good. Gotta throw the Ramseys/Maker a bone here and there.

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