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Cigar Mile Day 2009: The Three F’s

November 30, 2009

After the Cigar Mile

For many, Thanksgiving means the Three F’s: food, family, and football. To this, I add Fotography. And Fillies. And many Furlongs of graded stakes action.

Cigar Mile Day is generally the last hurrah of the season for New York racing fans. This time of year, the weather gets chilly, racing at Aqueduct moves to the inner dirt course, and the holidays approach.

I brought my friend Lisa to the track and she did a great job as my assistant. She also learned quite a bit about the light at the track and how to get the proper exposure for bright sun and the shade of the grandstand.

Before you know it, Derby Fever will be upon us. This Saturday gave racing fans a little more information about their favorite two-year-olds.

Launch N Relaunch broke his maiden with ease.

Launch N Relaunch breaks his maiden at Aqueduct

Buddy’s Saint (center) won the Remsen handily.

Grand Rapport, Buddy's Saint, and Homeboykris in the Grade 2 Remsen

Although they did not take a trip to the winner’s circle, there were many other nice colts at the Big A that day, including Imaging:

Imaging (Dynaformer - Gaze, by Danzig)

Highveldt Storm:

Highveldt Storm and Channing Hill

Lentenor, full brother of Barbaro. Barbaro’s Kentucky Derby was one of my favorite races of the decade, but I never got to see the great colt in person so it was a treat to see his younger brother carrying on the legacy.

Lentenor, full brother of Barbaro

Lentenor, full brother of Barbaro


But the day was not all about the colts. Stardom Bound had an eventful return from her layoff. Peach Brew stumbled out of the gate at the start of the Gazelle- if you view the video (below), you can see that it happened in the blink of an eye, but the photo shows how much it can affect a horse’s game.

Peach Brew stumbled out of the gate at the start of the Grade 1 Gazelle

The marquee race of the day was the Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap. Kodiak Kowboy won the race and a real shot at this year’s Eclipse Award for Champion Sprinter.

Furlongs and Furlongs of Fun for this Fotographer. Hope you had a good weekend as well.

Kodiak Kowboy and Shaun Bridgmohan win the Grade 1 Cigar Mile

High-five for Shaun Bridgmohan after he won the Cigar Mile with Kodiak Kowboy

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  1. November 30, 2009 5:09 pm

    Spectacular photos Sara! I love them all, but especially the one of Lentenor flying above the ground. I feel like this is somewhat sacrilegious to say, but seeing the race(s) and event(s) through your lens in this post may be better than being there: you caught moments/feelings that made me feel intimately involved with the experience. No mean feat.

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