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Thoroughbred Racing in Black and White.

Published February 27th, 2012

I never intended to be a photographer. I started taking pictures at the track as a way to get in for free and not waste money on admission. One thing lead to another and I met some tremendous photographers, which made me realize that photography is something I wanted to do every day for the rest of my life. Up until the age 21, the only camera I had touched was my grandfathers Rolleiflex that I used to run around with as a kid cause the viewfinder was inverted. But as a child I was always gravitated to images of racing. I have old black and white photo books from the 80s, and countless vintage Racing Forms. Today when I was getting my wide angle lens fixed I saw an identical old Rolleiflex camera. Seeing that old camera inspired me to start a collection of black and white images from Santa Anita. Its my tribute to all the faces and personalities that go beyond just that of the athletes performing on the track.





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Weighing Out

Jockey, Martin Garcia exits the scale after winning the 2012 San Vicente Stakes aboard Drill at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia California on February 19, 2012. Alex Evers/ Eclipse Sports Wire

  • February 19th, 2012
  • Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
  • 17mm / f/4 / 1/1000 sec
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Salute in the Rain

Trumpet player, Jay Cohen aknowledges the fans as he walks out to call the horses to the post for the San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita Park on February 11, 2012. Alex Evers/ Eclipse Sports Wire

  • February 11th, 2012
  • Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
  • 35mm / f/2.2 / 1/200 sec

Dead Heat

Miss Mittagong, with jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard deadheats with Vision in Gold in the 2012 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia California on February 18, 2012. Alex Evers/ Eclipse Sports Wire

  • February 18th, 2012
  • Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
  • 15mm / f/5 / 1/3200 sec
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Rosario

Jockey, Joel Rosario after the 2012 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia California on February 18, 2012. Alex Evers/ Eclipse Sports Wire

  • February 19th, 2012
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark III
  • 400mm / f/3.5 / 1/2000 sec
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Drill

Drill, with jockey Martin Garcia aboard wins the 2012 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia California on February 19, 2012. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sports Wire

  • February 20th, 2012
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark III
  • 400mm / f/3.2 / 1/2500 sec
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Battle to the Wire

The Factor battles with Sway Away in the San Carlos Stakes. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sports Wire

  • February 25th, 2012
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark II
  • 300mm / f/3.5 / 1/1000 sec
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Overhead

Horses race by the grandstand during a Mile race on the dirt. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sports Wire

  • February 19th, 2012
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark III
  • 17mm / f/6.3 / 1/4000 sec
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Kick Back

Kick back off the far turn. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sports Wire

  • February 19th, 2012
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark III
  • 400mm / f/4 / 1/4000 sec

To The Track

A horses is lead to the track by his groom. Alex Evers/Equisport Photos

  • January 22nd, 2012
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark III
  • 85mm / f/5.6 / 1/640 sec

Opposites

A jockey and his agent walk back to the Jockey's Room as a fan heads towards the track. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sports Wire

  • February 26th, 2012
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark III
  • 70mm / f/4 / 1/250 sec
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Roaring Off The Turn

Frumious with Antonio Castanon up wins the Palos Verdes at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA January 21, 2012. Credit: Alex Evers/Equisport Photos

  • January 22nd, 2012
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark III
  • 400mm / f/3.5 / 1/3200 sec

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paulwatts
Paul Watts  over 3 years ago
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a lovely set of pictures showing great diversity
detula
Diana Tula  over 3 years ago
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The last one is great!! Also love #3,4,5,6 :)))