Category: Equine

Thoroughbred Race Horse: Twinspired at Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum couldn’t have landed a better-named horse than its new resident thoroughbred: Twinspired.  Twinspired now shares a paddock with the museum’s resident miniature horse named, Winston (as in Churchill).

TwinspiredHeading to the track for exercise.

Twinspired trainingWhile at the Kentucky Derby Museum Twinspired is exercised daily.  Twinspired being ponied.

Owner: Alpha Stables, Skychai Racing LLC and Sand Dollar Stable LLC
Trainer: Michael Maker
Record: 8-2-1-1
Breeder: John Jain, Lawrence Opas & Frank Sinatra

Harlan’s Holiday won the Grade 1 Florida Derby and the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes, both at nine furlongs, before finishing seventh in the 2002 Kentucky Derby. At four, he won the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at 1 1/8 miles and finished second in the Dubai World Cup at 1 1/4 miles. Harlan’s Holiday scored in races ranging in distance from 5 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles and earned nine triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures (113 top in the Donn).

Kentucky Oaks 2014

UNTAPABLE – With an authoritative 4 ½-length win in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable made a case that she could be the top 3-year-old in the nation, male or female, regardless of the result in today’s Kentucky Derby. The Tapit filly remains undefeated, and virtually unchallenged, in 2014 and her final time was a mere .04 seconds off the Oaks
record set by Bird Town in 2003.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Jockey Rosie Napravnik. May 2, 2o14 at Churchill Downs Louisville Kentucky

Kentucky Oaks Field

Kentucky Oaks Winner

Untapable Oaks Winner Rosie Napravnik                           Jockey Rosie Napravnik Churhill Downs                          Churchill Downs,  Louisville Kentucky

California Chrome

Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner California Chrome.   Returned to galloping at Churchill Downs Thursday morning since winning the 140th Run for the Roses last Saturday.

California Chrome Gallop


LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 3, 2014) – Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).  A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.  Art Sherman, 77, conditions California Chrome and became the oldest trainer to win a Kentucky Derby winner. Charlie Whittingham was 76
when Sunday Silence won the 1989 Kentucky Derby.

California Chrome_KY Derby


Barbara Livingston, equine photographer receives the Charles W. Engelhard Award.

Barbara Livingston, equine photographer receives the Charles W. Engelhard Award.

Barbara Livingston is a two time Eclipse Award winner and one of the foremost equine photographers. She is the chief photographer for the Daily Racing Form. She is the author of 5 books, including Horses in Living Color, which was awarded the gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Today at the Annual Kentucky-Bred Champions Awards Luncheon, Barbara was awarded the Charles W. Engelhard Award. This award is presented to a member of the media for outstanding coverage of the Thoroughbred industry and is voted upon by KTOB/KTA Board of Directors.

Congratulations to you -Barbara!! I have admired your images for many years.  I salute you for your dedicated heartfelt passion to the horse and to the people that lovingly care for them.

Barbara Livingston


Ranch/Cattle Sorting Competition.

I love being one of the media photographers covering NAILE. The North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) is the world’s largest all-breed, purebred livestock exposition. Ten different species of livestock compete in the exposition, and the purebred beef and sheep events are the largest in the world. Accompanying the event, the North American Quarter Horse Show is one of the largest shows in the nation and the North American Championship Rodeo features the Great Lakes Circuit finals for the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Throughout the show, visitors will also enjoy the Giant Country Store with its nearly 200 commercial vendors. Whether you are a visitor, rodeo fan, or an exhibitor, new information about the North American International Livestock Exposition can be found right here, so check back often.

Yesterday was opening day starting with cattle sorting competition.

Competition at the North American Livestock Exposition.

Competition at the North American Livestock Exposition.

Sophisticated Living Polo Series World Cup

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Arlington Park Race Track


A wonderful weekend photographing at Arlington Park in Arlington Hts IL. I had raced there several years ago when I was an assistant trainer for Phil Hauswald. I have a lot fond memories of long work days, winning races and meeting some really great people. [cincopa AkIARP7YG34U]

Kentucky Oaks Trophy

The Kentucky Oaks Trophy is representative of a $1M prize package. The prestige of this trophy is international recognition for the horse, the trainer and horse owner.

Kentucky Oaks Early Morning

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