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And they’re off

April 28, 2006 by David Stephenson  
Filed under David Stephenson, Sports

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So after seeing Courier-Journal photographer Bill Luster’s photoblog, I decided I really needed to add this top image to this post I made earlier today. You really need to check out Bill’s version of this photo, taken moments after I took this photo of him. The old guy still has his reflexes, I guess. I can at least say I shot mine first.


Today kicked off my official start of Kentucky Derby 132 coverage. I spent the morning on the backside of Churchill Downs photographing the Derby entries and their trainers for upcoming stories we’ll be publishing in the Herald-Leader, on, and on our photo website,, where we are planning special slide shows and multimedia presentations specially for the Derby.

Today marks the first day of daily Derby blog entries by myself and Mark Cornelison, who I team up with to cover the backside during the week leading up to the Derby. Check back often to see some of our best photos and the stories behind them and hopefully some snappers of ourselves and fellow photographers at the track.

Of course, we are at the track to cover the horses which plan to run in the Derby, but there are hundreds of other horses training every day, so you can’t help but to shoot a good photo when you see one, even if it’s not of a Derby horse. I was on the rail shooting photos of Brother Derek trainer Dan Hendricks when the horse in the photo above reared up, almost throwing his rider. The rider had trouble keeping him down, but he finally calmed down and took off down the track. I like the photo, but it’s value is unfortunately lowered by the fact it’s not a Derby horse. Shot with Canon MkII, 24-70mm at ISO 200, 1/1000th sec. at f/5.

Soon after this photo was taken, I noticed that one of the Derby favorites, Lawyer Ron, was coming up behind me. I particularly like the light reflecting off of a white fence on the right. Shot with Canon 1D, 70-200mm, ISO 200, 1/320th sec. at f/5.


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