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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Street Sense

Street Sense, Calvin Borel up, comes from 19th place to overtake leader Hard Spun in the stretch at the Kentucky Derby. Photo by Jeff Haynes/Agence France-Presse

The best two minutes in American sports takes place once a year on the first Saturday in May. This year's race was a dandy. Street Sense is aptly named if it refers to moving through traffic; he should have been called Moses, if that overhead shot of the sea of horses parting to allow him to pass is any indication. And then to have those afterburners to turn on to actually take advantage of the gaps. It was like magic how he moved through the field—and what speed at the end! Hard to imagine, but the race Street Sense ran was in some ways just as impressive as Barbaro's lovely win last year. Made a fan of me. Wow. What a race. I can't wait for the Preakness.



Blogger Ernest Theisen said...

I am surprised that they let Jeff Haynes stand in the middle of the track with all those horses coming down on him. I hope he was not badly injured. Wonderful photograph. Thanks, E

2:03 AM  
Blogger ThomEsel said...

Umm...He probably got that shot by standing at the clubhouse turn and shooting straight down the track. Us race photographers have tricks like that. :>

5:32 PM  
Blogger dasmb said...

I watched the fight instead. It was good, though not the brawler most fair weather boxing fans were hoping for.

You know, since the invention of HD I find myself distracted when watching fights by the photographers at ringside. They have a tough job: a crummy angle, looking upwards at a guy in bulky shorts, trying to capture the expression on his face the instant he gets punched. I can't help but check out the gear they're using as well; last night there was a guy with the unlikely combination of a 1Ds and a teeny tiny non-L prime.

Camera nerd? I guess. There was another guy shooting with the 24-70 f/2.8L, and his lens is pushing outward bigtime. My friend remarks, "He must be zooming in on Merriweather's brain!" I shot back, "Naw, that lens reverse extends. He's getting the wide angle."

11:03 AM  

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