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):