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January 16, 2009

Casino Drive and the Anna House Kids

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Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the Eclipse award winning photo for 2008. The Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance is holding a do-over contest and accepted submissions from racing fans and pros alike.

I was very pleased and honored to have three photos enter the final round of voting. Congratulations to Cindy Pearson Dulay for her winning photo.

Here’s the story behind my photo of Casino Drive and the Anna House kids:

Anna House is run by the Belmont Child Care Association and is an on-site child care center for backstretch workers at Belmont Park. When blue-blooded Japanese invader Casino Drive was at Belmont Park preparing to run in the 2008 Belmont Stakes, the children visited his barn. They prepared a good luck song and sang it for him. He watched the children with great interest. Unfortunately, Casino Drive suffered from a foot bruise the day of the Belmont Stakes and did not race. But it was an unforgettable moment in racing in 2008.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. dangerouspenguin permalink
    January 16, 2009 12:47 pm

    The Eclipse winner does nothing for me. Good luck with the voting — I had to vote my conscience for The Runaway — sorry! I guess I am a sucker for those pictures of the horses coming right at you down the track.

    Also, David wants to know whether races horses fart as they come out of the gate. From evidence provided by our two he is convinced that horses cannot move at high speed without a little propulsion. I said I would ask!

  2. January 16, 2009 12:58 pm

    Thanks for voting!

    I’d imagine that horses are just as gassy out of the gate as they are over a fence, when the take off in the pasture, around a barrel, when you pick out their hind hooves, etc ;^)

  3. January 16, 2009 2:33 pm

    That Frankie D shot is so utterly, utterly predictable. I mean, I love Frankie D, but I’ve seen that picture a million times … no … a billion! Every angle, every win … ho-hum, whatever.

    And it says NOTHING about what the sport is about: THE HORSE.

    In the Frankie D pic, the horse is a mere prop. Ugh.

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