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The Middle Jewel

May 20, 2006 by David Stephenson  
Filed under Charles Bertram

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Canon 1D MkII, 300mm f/4, 250th sec @ f/5, 400 ASA

I’m breaking my maiden at the Preakness this year. I’ve covered plenty of Derbys and a fair number of Belmonts – but never the Preakness. Mike Marten, who covers thoroughbred racing year-round for publications like the Daily Racing Form and, convinced me that I needed to go to the Fair Hill Training Center Friday morning to shoot Barbaro before he shipped to Pimlico in Baltimore. We left the hotels before 5 a.m. and drove an hour to the training center. A beautiful sunrise quickly turned to a solid rain just as Barbaro headed to the track for his jog with trainer Michael Matz at his side.

Canon 30D, 16-35mm f2.8, 400th sec. @ f/8, 200 ASA

About eight hours later, quite a different scene awaited Barbaro as he arrived at Pimilico Race Course. He left his peacful and quiet home for the chaos of Pimlico. His arrival time was no secret and scores of media were there to witness and document his arrival. I decided to take a little gamble and took a hight vantage point on a balcony where there were no other photographers (at least at first there weren’t). I figured the spectacle of his arrival was best covered with a wide angle, and being above it seemed to be the best way to see it all.

Canon 30D, 16-35mm f2.8, 1/40th @f8, 200 ASA

After shooting Barbaro’s walk from the truck to the barn, photogs crowded under an awning to get a view of him in his stall. So I had to take my turn at it.

Canon 30D, 16-35mm f2.8, 1/60th @f2.8, 400 ASA

Barbaro was assigned to stall #40, traditionally reserved for the Derby winner.


Speaking of Mike Marten, here’s a snapper of him being hosed by a water truck with the help of Getty photographer Matt Stockman during the photographer’s meeting Friday morning.

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