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Verrazano wins the Haskell by Jessie-kad Verrazano wins the Haskell by Jessie-kad
"He made a huge statement today," trainer Todd Pletcher said. I'll say! Verrazano pulverized the rest of the talented field, winning by over 9 lengths and proving without a doubt: he's BACK. He will next meet his stablemate, Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy winner Palace Malice, in the Travers at Saratoga.

Photography-wise, shooting this race was a riot. The weather held out, even though thunderstorm forecasts were updated sporadically throughout the day (good news, bad news, good news, etc). Around Haskell time, an ominous cloud covered the sun and darkened the track, and I boosted my ISO. I turned to my friend (who, like me, was lamenting the loss of that gorgeous, perfect Monmouth light) and joked, "Watch, the sun will come out as the winner is crossing the wire." And would you know it, that's exactly what happened! LOL Thankfully, the photo came out wonderfully, despite settings I would have preferred to alter. I have yet to shoot a Haskell poorly. I'm thanking Monmouth for that: both for its fantastic location, and the gracious people who run the track and make us photographers feel so welcome.
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Prairie-Bayou Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great shot Jessie!!
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Jessie-kad Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! Bring forth thy happyface 
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ZenyattaRocks17 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot! I'm not a huge fan of Verrazano, but in any case his race is the Haskell was outstanding. The Travers is definitely going to be an interesting race.
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Jessie-kad Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! I always love Verrazano, but I have to admit I was rooting for Oxbow in here.  I just love that little firecracker of a horse!  You are certainly right, the Travers...man oh man, that's gonna be a good one. #1 
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ZenyattaRocks17 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oxbow is a great little horse, and I absolutely love his coloring. 
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maddog78 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
I can't wait for the Travers, getting pretty excited!  Just wished poor Oxbow did not get injured.
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Jessie-kad Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Oxbow is going to be okay--it's just a sprain.  Lukas said he could still make the Travers, but quite honestly, I think the horse should be rested and prepped for the fall season.  The little guy gives 110% every time and has run more than any of 'em; no one deserves a break more than him!
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maddog78 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
I agree 110% I would really like to see him well rested and bypass the Travers, let Orb, Palace Malice and Verrazano duke that one out.  I hope the rest since the Belmont did lots of good for Orb these boys had a busy spring already!
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MilkywayScribbles Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome shot! The horse is absolutely stunning. :aww:
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Jessie-kad Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :D Yeah, Verrazano is definitely one hunk o' horse! He always stands out physically from his opponents...and in this case, pretty does equal fast! (That ain't always the case, hehe!)
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