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Sarah K. Andrew: 2009- A Year in Photos

December 31, 2009

Happy New Year to all of my friends. I appreciate all of your comments and ideas. 2009 was another prosperous and thrilling year for me as a photographer. Some career accomplishments and highlights:

– photographed my first Kentucky Derby
– photographed 2009’s Rolex Three-Day Event
– had photos published in USA Today, Equus Magazine, Thoroughbred Daily News, a two-page spread in The Blood-Horse, and the cover of American Turf Monthly, to name a few!
– had fine art images displayed in restaurants and supermarkets
rode a track pony and accompanied a Breeders’ Cup contender to her morning gallop

Click on any photo for more info…

Celebrating the New Year with Wizard

Wizard and Me

Wizard bouncing into 2009

My Pedicure!

I never tire of photographing Bryan the Cat

Bryan the Cat

Partner’s Hero at Northview Stallion Station

Partner's Hero at Northview Stallion Station (PA)

Love of Money at Northview in January

Love Of Money at Northview Stallion Station (PA)

The Thermals rocked the Bell House (click for review)

The Thermals at The Bell House

Haynesfield winning the Whirlaway on a chilly Aqueduct afternoon

Haynesfield wins the Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct

Clancy the Pug in Jersey City


Mellowtraumatics, Milwaukees, Ben Trovato, and Small AM at Maxwell’s (review)

The Mellowtraumatics at Maxwell's in Hoboken NJ

Matt McLaughlin and his Andalusian stallion Corral II at the 2009 PA Horse Expo (review)

Matt McLaughlin and his 24 year old Andalusian stallion, Corral II

Wizard and JR after a March snowstorm

Steamy and Snorty


Gotham winners I Want Revenge and Joe Talamo (click for Joe Talamo’s favorite movies)

2009 Gotham Stakes winners I Want Revenge and Joe Talamo

Trotting little fences with Wizard

Wizard & Me: Jumping!

Wizard & Me: Jumping!

Jonathan Andrew at Buddie’s Tavern

Jonathan Andrew performs at Buddie's Tavern in Parlin, NJ

Joe Talamo and I Want Revenge win the Wood Memorial (blogged)

I Want Revenge and jockey Joe Talamo win the Grade 1 Wood Memorial. Next stop... Churchill Downs!

Joe Talamo

Jockey Joe Talamo after winning the Wood Memorial aboard I Want Revenge

Mary the Easter Morgan

Here Comes Mary Cottontail...

Wizard, looking shiny and fit





Miss Tuesday

Miss Tuesday


Homeward Maryland, aka "Mary"

Riot the Border Collie (Quicksilver Q-Eye-It Riot, HXAs, TD, RN, FDCh-Gold)

Quicksilver Q-Eye-It Riot, HXAs, TD, RN, FDCh-Gold (aka "Riot")

And the sheep Riot herds

Baby of Mine

On to Kentucky!

Super-horse Cigar at the Kentucky Horse Park

Cigar at the Kentucky Horse Park

Churchill Downs- Barbaro statue

Barbaro memorial statue at Churchill Downs

Rolex 2009 (Phillip Dutton and Connaught)

Phillip Dutton and Connaught: Dressage Test at Rolex 2009

Rolex 2009 (Sara Dierks and Somerset II)

Sara Dierks and Somerset II at Rolex 2009

Rolex 2009 (Jose Ortelli, Jr)

Jose Ortelli, Jr

Friesan Fire and Cindy Jones

Friesan Fire and Cindy Jones

Friesan Fire

Friesan Fire

Claiborne Farm- Secretariat’s grave

Roses for a Kentucky Derby Winner

Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra

2009 Kentucky Oaks: Rachel Alexandra and Calvin Borel first, the rest nowhere

Zenyatta at Churchill Downs



Kentucky Derby 135: Calvin Borel and Mine That Bird

Mine That Bird and Calvin Borel win the 135th Kentucky Derby

One rose salute in memory of Borel’s parents

One Rose Salute: Calvin Borel and Mine That Bird after winning the Kentucky Derby

Back to Jersey!

Jersey Fresh 2009 (High Society III and Jessica Hampf)

High Society III and Jessica Hampf

Jersey Fresh 2009 (Business Class and Maya Studenmund)

Business Class and Maya Studenmund at Jersey Fresh CIC***

Jonathan Andrew in Asbury Park

Underneath A Jersey Sky

On to Georgia!

Schuppernong Polo Club in Alpharetta, GA

Scuppernong Polo Club

Valley View Ranch in Cloudland, GA

Flaxen Mane under a Canopy of Trees

Kat and Maggie

Kat and Maggie

Tractor cats

Nothing runs like a cat... who just stole your Deere

New York, New York!

Gio Ponti wins the Manhattan

Gio Ponti wins the Manhattan

Summer Bird wins the Belmont Stakes

Summer Bird: Belmont Stakes Winner!

Bird on the Wire: Summer Bird and Kent Desormeaux win the 2009 Belmont Stakes

Summer Bird wins the Travers, aka Mid-Summer Derby

Mid-Summer Bird! Summer Bird and Kent Desormeaux win the 2009 Travers Stakes

Summer Bird and Kent Desormeaux win the Jockey Club Gold Cup

Summer Bird and Kent Desormeaux win the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup

Kiss the Kid and Channing Hill at Monmouth Park

In the Tunnel

Leslie Morse and Tip Top 962 at the Festival of Champions: Gladstone, NJ

Leslie Morse and Tip Top 962 at the Festival of Champions: Gladstone, NJ

JR clowning on the longe line

All work and no play makes JR a dull boy

The day I made Holly Van Voast a star (blogged here)

Holly Van Voast

Rachel Alexandra romps in the Mother Goose

Rachel Alexandra Romps in the Mother Goose

Rachel Alexandra’s entourage

Out of the Tunnel: Rachel Alexandra and Her Entourage

Finn the TDN Beagle

Finn found himself a photographer

Yoshi the TDN Shiba Inu

Yoshi the Shiba Inu visits Red Bank, NJ

Spice Route’s mad scientist blinkers

A Mad Scientist?

Presious Passion and Elvis Trujillo win the United Nations at Monmouth Park

Presious Passion and Elvis Trujillo win the Monmouth Stakes

Jonathan Andrew: Arrivals & Departures CD release party (review)

Jonathan Andrew and friends play at his Arrivals & Departures CD release party

Rank at the Start: Delaware Park on Delaware Handicap Day

Rank at the Start

Oh Justin Time: silver grullo Paint stallion

Oh Justin Time: Silver Grullo Overo Paint Stallion

Haskell Invitational showdown

Written in the Sky: Rachel Alexandra vs Summer Bird!

Rachel Alexandra schooling in the Monmouth Park paddock

Rachel Alexandra's Braids

Born to Run: Rachel Alexandra and Calvin Borel win the Haskell

Born To Run! Rachel Alexandra and Calvin Borel win the $1.25 million Haskell Invitational

Bird’s eye view


Out of the gate at Saratoga!

Out of the Gate

Best seat in the house

What a view...

Pony girl waiting in the rain at Monmouth Park

Pony Girl and Her Mount Waiting in the Rain Between Races

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale

Hip 111: Silver Train x Dancing Naturally

Rachel Alexandra at Saratoga

Rachel Alexandra at Saratoga

Rachel Alexandra, post-bath

Rachel Alexandra and Juan Gonzales: Shampoo for Two

Portrait of Rachel Alexandra

Rachel Alexandra to Woodward!

Quality Road at Saratoga

Quality Road: Future 2009 Travers Stakes Winner

Skorri, an Icelandic Horse at Moonlit Run Equestrian Center

Skorri at sunset

Barefoot and bareback at Moonlit Run

Happiness is...

Track pony at Saratoga

I wish I had eyes like these...

Mary the Morgan and her owner share a moment

Sharing a Moment

New York City mounted police

New York City Mounted Police

Rachel Alexandra’s Woodward victory

Rachel Alexandra and Calvin Borel win the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes

Calvin Borel and Robby Albarado: the victor and the vanquished

The Victor and the Vanquished

Rachel Alexandra after the Woodward

Rachel Alexandra at the barn after winning the 2009 Woodward, a race for the ages

Harness racing at Saratoga Raceway

Harness Racing at Saratoga Raceway

Here comes the sun

Here Comes the Sun

Saratoga sunrise

Carving Rays of Sun with Flinty Hooves

Saratoga ends and in rolls September…

One year after I lost Alibar

In Memory of Alibhai's Alibar: 3/28/1979 - 9/10/2008

Mary the Morgan- first show, reserve champion!


Dirge, a one-eyed steeplechaser at Monmouth Park (here’s his story)

Dirge, a one-eyed racehorse

Handicapping the 8th at Belmont Park

Handicapping the 8th at Belmont

George Morris clinic at Persimmon Farm in Maryland

Photo 2: George Morris Clinic

Selena and me

Selena and me

Hitting the trails with Wizard and Mary

Wizard (right) and Mary (left)

Kiss the Kid before the Meadowlands Cup

Kiss The Kid before the Meadowlands Cup

Greetings from the Meadowlands

Greetings from the Big M

The Grey Ghost Starter Handicap- a Halloween race for grey horses at the Meadowlands

The Grey Ghost Starter Handicap- a Halloween race for grey horses at the Meadowlands

On to November and on to California!

Portrait of Zenyatta

Zenyatta: 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic Winner

Goldikova at Santa Anita

Goldikova at Santa Anita

27 year old Turkoman at E A Ranches in Santa Ysabel, CA

Turkoman (Alydar - Taba), age 27, at E A Ranches in Santa Ysabel, California

Einstein at Santa Anita


Silver Swallow (the Silver Swallow adventure)

Silver Swallow



Life is Sweet

Presious Passion

Zenyatta and Mike Smith

Champions! Zenyatta and Mike Smith

Back home to Jersey…

Barn Beauty Tip #39: Your Stirrup Iron can Double as a Mirror for a Lipstick Touch-Up

Barn Beauty Tip #39: Your Stirrup Iron can Double as a Mirror for a Lipstick Touch-Up



Selena and me

Selena and Me



Imaging (Dynaformer – Gaze, by Danzig)

Imaging (Dynaformer - Gaze, by Danzig)

Atlas at Moonlit Run


Katie and Val at Moonlit Run

Katie and Val

Slick the barn kitty


Lentenor, full brother of Barbaro

Lentenor, full brother of Barbaro

Mary the Morgan: Joie de Vivre

Joie de Vivre

Paris and me

Paris and Me

Wizard- portrait of a Thoroughbred


Jen and Mayberry- autumn portrait

Autumn Portrait

“Mary” Christmas

"Mary" Christmas

Paris in the snow


Wizard in winter

Wizard casts his spells in the frosty air

JR and Wizard enjoy the snow

The hooligans strike again

In memory of Kona Gold

Kona Gold at the Kentucky Horse Park

In memory of Papi Chullo

Papi Chullo and Eibar Coa

In memory of Kingpin

Mike Winter and Kingpin; Rolex 2009

In memory of Gun Rock

Gun Rock and Ramon Dominguez

In memory of Sunriver

Sunriver (Saint Ballado x Goulash) -- Full brother to Ashado

In memory of Go Between

Go Between

In memory of Bailey Wick

Phillip Dutton and Bailey Wick

In memory of Bobby Frankel, who trained some of the greatest horses I’ve ever seen, and whose barn was always the heart of Saratoga

Is It Too Soon...

And in memory of one of my all-time favorite racehorses, Lawyer Ron

Kiss Me, I'm a Lawyer

Happy Feet

The Lawyer is IN!

Track Record for Lawyer Ron

Best Wishes for a happy and healthy 2010!
Sarah Andrew

24 Comments leave one →
  1. bradtroyphotography permalink
    December 30, 2009 11:36 pm

    Congrats on what looks like a very successful year!

  2. December 31, 2009 1:06 am

    Wow, what a year, Sarah! And you captured it so beautifully, perfectly! This group of photos is breathtaking, thanks so much for putting it together! You were THERE, Sarah! 2009 was your year!

    May 2010 be all this, and more for you and for the horses!

  3. Priscilla permalink
    December 31, 2009 7:40 am

    Sarah, what a wonderful “Year in Review”. Your photography just gets better and better and better – you have some stunning shots, one more fabulous than the next, and they all convey the joy and love you have for your subjects.

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments in 2009… I am sure 2010 will been even better… your work rocks!

    Happy New Year and thanks for posting all of these wonderful photographs!

  4. December 31, 2009 9:38 am

    Awesome images Sarah! They are beautiful. Congratulations on a very successful year!

  5. December 31, 2009 9:46 am

    Beautiful, Sarah! What a smorgasbord!

    Happy new year!


  6. December 31, 2009 10:54 am

    Absolutely breathtaking photos. WOW. Probably some of the BEST
    I have ever seen, thank you so much, and I love the captions, too.
    You are truly blessed with talent.

    Happy New Year! ~2010~


  7. Leslie Heemsbergen permalink
    December 31, 2009 7:41 pm

    A stunning album of a memorable year. You have exhibited a combination of talent, knowledge and passion. Congratulations Sarah!

  8. January 1, 2010 1:00 pm

    I really enjoyed looking at all these wonderful images!!!!! Congrats on an amazing year and wishing you this and more for the New Year!!!!!

  9. Charles permalink
    January 2, 2010 2:21 am

    You had a great year and it shows. Happy to have been there for some of it, and thanks for taking me to the rest. CP

  10. January 2, 2010 11:22 am

    Looking forward to 2010 in images!

  11. Julie Stewart permalink
    January 2, 2010 11:23 am

    Wow – Girl, do you have an eye or what? Your photography is beautiful and inspiring. Even more important is the ability that each picture has to tell a story. I thoroughly enjoyed scrolling through your pictures and think that you had a fabulous year! I was at many of those races and will watch for you to thank you in person…. Can’t wait to see what you publish next…… See ya at the racetrack, somewhere, sometimes…. Julie

  12. January 2, 2010 2:28 pm

    Beautiful — thanks for sharing! Best wishes in 2010

  13. January 3, 2010 8:21 am

    It’s not just great photography, it’s wonderful artistry!

  14. Caitlin permalink
    January 5, 2010 2:04 pm

    Lawyer Ron..<3
    Re-Run had a "Moneigh" done by him up for bid on their E-Bay and I almost, ALMOST bid on it, now I'm kicking myself for not bidding.. He was a gorgeous, gorgeous horse, loved him, and still do. ❤

  15. Val permalink
    January 5, 2010 10:35 pm

    Okay…I am jealous…what fantastic photos you have and have done.

    Wonderful job.

  16. January 5, 2010 11:01 pm

    Truly outstanding photos. As Fran said: you were THERE. How awesome is that? Not only were you there, you invited us.

    You can’t take pictures like this without both photographic expertise and incredible understanding of your subject matter. Translation: your love and passion for horses, and their individuality, shows! You show US who they are. No mean feat. Congratulations on your successful year!

  17. January 7, 2010 11:55 am

    Great year, hope you have another blessed one for 2010 .

  18. Michele Hope permalink
    January 16, 2010 1:18 pm

    Wow, what an amazingly beautiful body of work. You have captured so many of my personal faves with your wonderful artistry . . . Einstein, Quality Road, Presious Passion, Friesan Fire and of course the amazing Rachel and Zenyatta. Are any of these photos available for purchase for personal enjoyment? There is one shot of Zenyatta in particular that just really captured my heart.

  19. August 5, 2010 2:51 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    a friend was over at the farm and asked about Mary as she knew her as a foal. I said I must google Sarah and Mary. Well, WOW!! What a fabulous website. I loved seeing the photos of Mary. I hope you are both well and congratulations on your success!!
    Joanna Kelly

  20. November 9, 2010 11:40 am


  21. December 2, 2010 10:00 am

    There’s no doubt about it, horses make a fantastic subject matter for photography. You have captured some wonderful images of horses doing what they love to do best – run and jump. Looks like you have had an interesting year.


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