Photographing the Races: Newcomer’s Guide

I’ve had a few questions from my friends as to what I use to take pictures, and honestly guys, I don’t want to just copy and paste a response from one person to another. So, I’ll give a rundown of all my equipment and provide a few links for you if you want to purchase them on Amazon; full disclosure, I do make a small percentage of your shopping spree, so do/do not go crazy spending. 😉 Now, this post assumes that you have a starter DSLR camera of your choice. I shoot with Nikon myself and love my D3200 with my life; I will vouch for the brand quite loudly.

First-Crop Yearlings: Superstars Impress as Sires

HIP 171- yearling filly by Mucho Macho Man // Pati Szpyra Photo

There is always a buzz around the first yearling auction of the season, especially when so many good horses entered their breeding careers at the same time. This is considered to be the glimpse into the rest of the season as the larger, more well-known auctions like the Saratoga Select and Keeneland September start to loom on the horizon and the farms around Kentucky start intense preparations.

While there was a lot of activity and interest surrounding the yearlings of American Pharoah, the sale only had two representatives to look at this year; other first-crop sires faired better as Palace, Palace Malice, Tapiture, and Constitution all had significantly larger offerings on display that generated lively bidding in the ring.

Fasig-Tipton July Horses of Racing Age Recap

Fasig-Tipton Grounds // Patrycja Szpyra Photo

It was hot and humid, but that didn’t stop the bids or the buyers from coming; arriving in force from both hemispheres. Many came seeking the stallions that were on offer that came with coveted bloodlines from the best families in the American Stud Book. Those same families usually don’t go for sale, so this proved a rare chance to get those legendary genes into new markets.

2018 Fasig-Tipton July Sale Preview

Buyers will be attending in force this coming Tuesday as the first yearling sale of the 2018 auction season will be held on the Fasig-Tipton company grounds. Cataloged for the seasonal debut are the first foals of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah, and other exciting new sires like Palace, Bayern, Palace Malice, and Tapiture; all of whom represented the best of their generation in their respective categories.

While there will be the inevitable “outs”, there are well over 300 yearlings to see this year and many are coming with very nice female families below their sires’ famous names.