01/24/2011 12:34PM

Images of 2010


A variety pack of photographs from the 2010 racing season.

Bridgetown plays Batman (left) and Espoir City says hi:






Sunrise at Edward P. Evans' Spring Hill Farm:













Blame in a beautiful Saratoga setting (L) and the great Goldikova:


Leah Gyarmati and her pony, and retired racehorse, Diligent Gambler - looking like a painting:











Proviso (Juddmonte silks) eeks out a close Diana H. - Forever Together and Shared Account with her (below):















Trainer Henry Cecil stands tall at Churchill Downs (below):


















Bath time for Forever Together (L) and Super Saver (below):

Kent Desormeaux, and Edgar Prado (on horse), at Saratoga:





The fun First Dude with Tammy Fox and Dale Romans:


























Barbara Jo Rubin (above) before the Lady Legends race at Pimlico; and Barbara Jo Rubin, Patti Cooksey and Mary Russ Tortora (below):











Bill Mott, the horse whisperer (L), with the talkative Avanta, and Nick Zito (R):


Jimmy Jerkens' barn celebrates Travers victory with Afleet Express.  He is not at all impressed (below):













Gulfstream Park moon, before sunrise (left), and Hialeah Park, open again, to Quarter Horses (right):


The lovely and talented Friend or Foe:



















Quality Road wins the Metropolitan over Musket Man:



















Champions Blame (left) and Big Drama at Saratoga:





Stonesider (left) and Harlem Rocker, two New York stallions:





Proviso tucks in, first time past, Diana Handicap:














Aqueduct race scene and neighborhood (below):
















Lethal Combination (Kiaran McLaughlin stakes winner) at sunrise:














Kent Desormeaux hams it up, and Line of David's sweet groom celebrates the Arkansas Derby:

Jonathan Sheppard at his Pennsylvania farm:

Jockey's good-luck charms, Aqueduct:














Persistently goes "Boing!":



















Persistently shocks the house at Saratoga in the Personal Ensign (Rachel Alexandra second):










 Three-year-olds Eskendereya at Gulfstream Park (L) and Super Saver at Saratoga:







Super Saver and Todd Pletcher - 2010 Kentucky Derby:



























Wherever he went - Saratoga, Belmont, Hollywood Park, Gio Ponti kept yawning (above)

Randy Romero enjoys his well-deserved Hall of Fame induction (below):


















The magnificently handsome General Maximus (left) and the very unusually marked Homeboykris (right):



Feel-good story - Lisa's Booby Trap, blind in one eye, with trainer Tim Snyder and Janice Blake-Baeza (below):























Grand Couturier (below) greets the sunrise:













 Rachel Alexandra - in autumn at Saratoga (with Scott Blasi and Dominic Terry):



Zenyatta - at Keeneland with Mario Espinoza, and at Hollywood Park (below):

Richard Migliore's retirement ceremony - with wife Carmela, below:
















Steve Asmussen assistant Toby Sheets at Belmont Park (below):



















Odd hairs - Warrant Ofc. Cook's tail (left) and Quality Road's famous foretop:

Kinsale King enjoys some Guinness with his trainer Carl O'Callaghan:



























 To Honor and Serve with John Velazquez (above) and Zenyatta's bath time (below):




















Blind Luck tests Archie Cross (below):









 California Flag and Colleen Hartford, pretty as a picture at Churchill Downs:













Black-and-white:  Bella Attrice (dark) and Discreet Treasure working at Saratoga for Bruce Brown:





















 George Weaver trainee at Saratoga Race Course, after October snows (left) - and Dallas Stewart's Silverfoot, retired in 2010:

Laurel Park - one of my favorite racetracks (below):














Ramon Dominguez, Eclipse Award winning jockey of 2010 (congratulations!!!):

















The Tin Man living large at River Edge Farm in Buellton, California (below):















Gio Ponti, like many of Christophe Clement's horses, gets a roll after morning exercise:



























A Jonathan Sheppard trainee gallops under cover (above) and champion Forever Together annoys champion Informed Decision (below):



























 Quality Road with Maria Isabel Escobar (above) and Winslow Homer begs Tony Dutrow for a treat:


















 Steve Asmussen shares a quiet moment with stakes winner Kensei (below):




















Informed Decision (below left), and Allen Jerkens' unusually masculine stakes winner Formidable:


John Velazquez celebrates winning the Saratoga riding title, with his family (below):




















Naughty New Yorker tries to bite the blinkered Icabad Crane - Julien Leparoux watches:



















Two very unusual brindle Thoroughbreds:  Slewcys Gale (left, with dark stripes) and Remark (right, with white stripes):








Pleasant Prince making tracks at Pimlico:














Zenyatta, with Mario Espinoza reflected in eye, and portrait in dapples (below):







































Convocation (above) gets some loving from assistant Eddie, and horses fly high at Saratoga (below):














The swaybacked race filly In Your Dreams (below):










Goldikova with Delegator, first time by, Breeders' Cup Mile (below):


















Unrivaled Belle (below) with Bill Mott's pony at Saratoga:





































Drosselmeyer (above) after his Belmont Stakes win

The courageous and inspirational Michael Straight (below), including with his parents:


























Rachel Alexandra schooling (above) and galloping in the fog at Saratoga:















Sidney's Candy with some Churchill Downs backstretch friends:


































Sidney's Candy (above), and Zenyatta trails the Breeders' Cup Classic field - Blame in foreground (below):





































Jacqueline Davis heads out for a mount (above), and rider Walter Blum, Jr., visits with his good friend Noble's Promise (below):













Rachel Alexandra and Scott Blasi leave Saratoga, October (below):














Boys At Tosconova, the good-natured Eclipse Award runner-up....working out with Ramon Dominguez and with trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr. (below):






















Boys at Tosconova (above left) with his friend Court Vision

The sweet Uncle Mo (below, two photos):






































Da' Tara never returned to his Belmont Stakes' winning form, but he made for the best sand sculpture (above)

Haynesfield testing Ramon Dominguez (below):






















Rainbow View (above) in a cold winter scene at Jonathan Sheppard's barn, and Super Saver dozing (below):
















Wall Street Wonder and his rider Geronimo, below:



















Churchill Downs lighting - misty morning, and Breeders' Cup Classic (Blame and Zenyatta):



Vineyard Haven, one of the most striking horses to race in 2010, with Iain Grant up (below):














Zenyatta in her new life at Lane's End (below):















judy and russ berube More than 1 year ago
Dear Barbara: Every photo is wonderful. Thank you so much for this blog. Is there any animal more photogenic than a horse. Especially when you're taking the shots. Beautiful motion and angles. Thanks. Judy and Russ
Sally Blank More than 1 year ago
Your passion shows in your photos!! Sure wish I could purchase that one photo of Zenyatta doing her dance with Mario at Keeneland. I was there, but my photos did not turn out. You captured who Z is. All the photos are remarkable.
Diana More than 1 year ago
Beautiful as always Barbara! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face.
Ron Zuercher More than 1 year ago
I was wondering if you know what that curious object is hanging on the wall of the picture of Johathan Sheppard at his Pennsylvania farm is? My wife, not a horse person, marveled at these photos as I have. Thanks.
William Arthur More than 1 year ago
Hi, “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you, Encourage me, and I may not forget you.” hope all is well.
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Barbara Wonderful ....simply Wonderful . Thank you :)
sherpa More than 1 year ago
Everytime I click on your blog link and see "Bridgetown playing Batman," I think of Dr. Seuss. Wouldn't he have just LOVED that character? LOL The blue/white "cape" adds an extra-special touch.
Lenny Bell More than 1 year ago
Great Photos of magnificent subjects
racetracker More than 1 year ago
I love all of these photos, but the one that touches my heart is Randy Romero being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Randy has said it was one of the two things he wanted in life, to win the Kentucky Derby and to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. So glad it finally happened for this man of great grace and courage who truly deserves all the accolades and awards due to him. God bless Randy and you Barbara, for always managing to capture the best of the best.
Dani More than 1 year ago
Barbara - I was looking back at these photographs and finding myself really drawn to the ones I found full of humor. It's great to see something as simple as yawning can make a person smile. Some of their antics seem as if they know they are being photographed and ham it up for the camera. It all enforces what wonderful personalities that horses do have beyond their serious demeanor on the race track. Once again, thanks for capturing such great moments.