11/13/2013 10:52PM

Breeders' Cup 2013 - a photographic look back


First, my apologies for not posting more blogs recently. The blog system is no longer Mac-friendly. Am working to figure a way around the problem...

As happens every year, the Breeders' Cup provided a wealth of memorable moments and images.  Here's a first of at least two blogs, showing 50 images each, from my time at Santa Anita.  

The European filly DANK, winner of the Filly and Mare Turf, and a lovely backdrop.

Above:  Tap It Rich and Georgie Alvarez

Above:  Wise Dan and a caring hand

Above:  Gary Stevens

Above:  Close Hatches and Leana Willaford

Above and below:  Game On Dude and beautiful morning light

Above/below:  Richard Mandella schooling his champion Beholder.  She won the Distaff.

Above:  Mucho Macho Man and Nick Petro laying it down in their final Breeders' Cup work.  MMM was a popular winner of the Classic.

Above:  Fan favorite Caracortado, a.k.a. Scarface, during the week.  He unfortunately didn't make the starting gate.

Above:  Mizdirection and Mike Smith, who would team for a repeat win in the Turf Sprint.  

Above:  D. Wayne Lukas

Above:  2012 BC Sprint winner Trinniberg and Kevin Krigger

Above: 2yo filly Secret Compass (Dana Barnes) checks out 4yo colt Paynter (Georgie Alvarez)

Above:  You'd be hard-pressed to find a more popular jockey than Mike Smith.

Above:  Point of Entry aims skyward

Above: Goldencents and Jonny Garcia

Above:  Sweet Reason and Leah Gyarmati

Above: Reigning champion - and soon-to-be '13 champion - female sprinter Groupie Doll, with morning partner Jada Schlenk.  Talk about a fan favorite!

Above:  Breeders' Cup Friday scene

Above:  The first Breeders' Cup race, the Marathon, won by London Bridge.

Above:  Champion Royal Delta, a two-time Breeders' Cup winner, the first time past in the Distaff....

...and champion Beholder (above, Gary Stevens up), who now also has two BC scores.  

Above:  Beholder, after her win

Above:  Goldencents, winner of the Mile, with happy connections, including jockey Rafael Bejarano and Doug O'Neill assistant Jack Sisterson

Above:  Trinniberg, after his ninth-place finish in this year's Sprint...

...and Laugh Track, who finished a dirty second in the same race.

Above:  The Juvenile Turf, won by #4 Outstrip.

Above:  Mizdirection and Mike Smith share winning smiles

Above:  Ria Antonia's connections, including Javier Castellano, during the Juvenile Fillies' inquiry...

...and trainer Jeremiah Englehart and friends when the decision was reversed.

Above:  Purple pom-pommed Ria Antonia is cooled down.  (not sure if that's the correct term...pom-pommed) 

Above: Wise Dan was a powerhouse, under Jose Lezcano, first time past in his Mile win

Above:  Wise Dan and Za Approval's hooves, first turn

Above:  Champion Groupie Doll and Rajiv Maragh repeat in the Filly and Mare Sprint.

Above:  Groupie Doll, and petals, after the win.

Above:  Before the Classic, Mucho Macho Man looked cool in the paddock.  Note the Mucho Macho Man sign behind him.

Above/below:  In a thrilling renewal of the Classic, Mucho Macho Man and Gary Stevens hold off Will Take Charge and Declaration of War.  

Above:  A winning smile

Above:  Kathy Ritvo: hard work rewarded.  Congratulations!!!!

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In followup blogs, I will include other winners, participants and scenes....  For those enjoy watching a wonderful race, here's the Classic:


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Condolences to friends and family of one of our sport's all-time great writers, and a very interesting man, Paul Moran, who died Nov. 9 in Saratoga Springs, NY, of cancer.  Here is a very well-done Newsday obituary about Paul:


Here is Paul's final column, written for ESPN and published Oct. 28:

Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Marvelous capture of these beautiful faces, especially the horses' eyes, like a mirror to the soul.
Daniel Pavloff More than 1 year ago
great photos
Starr D More than 1 year ago
Ready for more pictures....please! :-)
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
opps, typo ..That would be '2008' BC Distaff win .. SR Vegas
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Barbara Such a wonderful selection of BC pictures. I look forward to part two... You bring out the beauty of Santa Anita ... myself being a Valley Girl , the track was in my 'backyard' and I was fortunate to spend some happy days there. My favorite one being up close to Zenyatta the Wednesday before her 2009 BC Distaff win. The pic of Secret Compass and Paynter was bitter sweet. Is there anyway you will get back to the West Coast and do a final 'good bye' montage of Hollywood Park before she closes for good ? Through your eyes and lens I am sure she will live forever. Please say yes :) SR Vegas
Starr D More than 1 year ago
Oh yes, PLEASE do a good bye of Hollywood!!! I have never been there and am very sad it is going away. Would love to see some final pictures!!!!!!!!
John Hartig More than 1 year ago
Fantastic package of photos, BL! A wonderful retrospective. Thank you for capturing the passion and authenticity of racing! JJH
Cranky More than 1 year ago
Just beautiful....as always!
Judy Maass Gadwood More than 1 year ago
Barbara! Barbara! Barbara! You have such an incredible "eye" (I hate you - just kidding!) Thanks for these awesome photos. My favs are of "MOOCHIE" and my girly, girl, JUDY THE BEAUTY (right there with GROUPIE DOLL). It was so crazy - I wish I had seen you that weekend just to say 'hello'. I just love the Breeders' Cup! Hope to see you in 2014 at the BC :-) Auntie Judy
Marcia Dilaura More than 1 year ago
Wow,Beautiful Photos.....!!!Thank You For Sharing...Have A Beautiful Week & Weekend..:)
philcoforde More than 1 year ago
Beautiful work Barbara !!!!! THANK YOU for your PASSION and EXCELLENCE