View 379: Sloppy Track

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Thoroughbred horses round turn four in the 5th race at the Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 13, 2016 in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Nikon D500/70-200VRII, 1/4000s, f/8, ISO 1250, EV +0.3, 200mm (300mm DX) Focal Length.

My day at the Saratoga Race Course last Saturday started out very hot and humid. Forecast was calling for wet weather to include downpours and thunderstorms. Before the start of the 5th race, the track had experienced both. This created what race officials call a sloppy track. I called it a great photo opportunity.

In between storms, the Sun came back out for the 5th race to give optimum light allowing me to shoot fast (1/4000th of a second) with an aperture of f/8 for good depth of field.  I photographed from a location to catch the field as it rounded turn four and the start of the home stretch. As you can see from the top photo, the inside horse was the leader from the start of the race as she (this race consisting of all female horses) had a clean face and front.

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Heading into the final stretch, Adulation (2), Thirst for Victory (3, middle) and Baseline (4) kick up the sloppy track in the 5th race at the Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Saratoga Springs, New York. Thirst for Victory won the race.
Nikon D500/70-200VRII, 1/4000s, f/8, ISO 2200, EV +0.3, 92mm (138mm DX) Focal Length.

As the lead horses passed my position, I kept shooting and zoomed out to keep them in viewfinder as they kicked up the slop heading for the finish line. Eventual winner, Thirst for Victory is the middle horse in the photo above.

Soon after the race was over, Saratoga decided to cancel the rest of the races for the day. More sever weather was seen on the radar and many horse owners were taking their horses out of the rest of the races due to the track conditions. I was told this was only the second time in the 100 plus year history of Saratoga. It proved to be a good choice as more storms came through within the hour.

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