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The Keeneland Race Track was amazing. The pageantry alone was worth the trip. But, the real story, the real excitement was against the 4th turn rail on the first day and the Starting Gates and 1st turn on the second day. My favorite part of the first day were the comments after the first race had passed us trekkers. “Wow, they were moving really fast.” And they were. But, we adapted, as all good trekkers do, and caught on as to how to shoot these blazing saddles. (There is a joke about Jockey Shorts in here somewhere, but just look at my photo on Turn 4).
After the track, we went to the Calumet Horse Farm. What a beautiful setting for taking depth of field shots. The architecture, the fences, the horses, all ready for our clicking cameras. I liked the attitude of the horses (see my photo with the three horses), considering how close they were to the horse cemetery. Our guide at Calumet was very nice. She kept saying “Don’t pet the horses. They might bite.” However, many of us just couldn’t resist and we petted them anyhow.
The next day, we headed for the Woodruff Preserve Distillery. Nothing like starting out the day with deep breathing exercises inside a building with racks and racks of bourbon barrels just waiting their turn to be devoured. Most of my pictures were slightly out of focus right after we left that building. I’m not why, I’m sure. Just kidding. Actually, I got some nice pictures of barrels, vats, boilers, and a cat in the doorway. (“Look behind you,” says Phil Mistry, “The story isn’t always right in front of you.”)
Well, now that we were all liquored up, we went back to the racetrack. Today was Starting Gate day and it was terrific. We walked all around the track and got to stand right by the Starting Gate. Except for a couple of times when the Starter Gentleman thought we might be infringing on the younger horses space, it was a great photo opportunity. It was a shame they didn’t run the races a little closer together so we could get a few more starts in our lenses.
I missed the final review because we had to drive back to Illinois before I fell asleep. But, I was tired, aching (we walked most of Kentucky just around the Race Track), and extremely pleased with the trip. My thanks to our mentors, Adam and Phil. My thanks to Michelle. My thanks to all the horses who took time out of their busy schedules to pose for us.