• Travers Weekend 2011

    Well, we had a great weekend at the Travers Stakes in Saratoga. We beat Hurricane Irene out of Albany, and even took some money from the track. I had a fantastic time, met some fantastic people, caught up with a few friends from days past, saw some awesome racing, and got some great photos. The first race we saw featured a jockey losing his whip, and using his goggles to whip the horse instead! Friday afternoon we were able to see Kentucky Derby contender To Honor And Serve in a claiming race of all places.

    horse racing

    Jose Lezcano, the jockey on the right is whipping his horse with his goggles.

    To Honor and Serve

    To Honor and Serve at Saratoga

    Mark made friends with one of the track photographers, Connie Bush, and we ran into her Friday afternoon. She was able to get Mark and I visitor’s passes Saturday morning, which was great, a once in a lifetime experience. It also meant that my day started around 4am as I got up, had a shower and headed to the track to photograph morning workouts. We were able to spend some time at the Oklahoma training track, and the backstretch for breakfast. It also meant for a heck of a long day. Mark and I ran into The Mig, retired Hall of Fame jockey Richard Migliore! He was a really nice guy and even posed for a few photographs. Mark maintains he bares a vague resemblance to myself, and I must say I think he is right!

    Saratoga Training

    Oklahoma Training Track

    Richard Migliore

    Dave and the Mig

    We got to see great racing all day. I found a horse shoe which must have brought Tracy some luck as she did quite well on the day. We saw the return of Uncle Mo, almost a year to the day that we saw him win his maiden race over this same track. Unfortunately he lost by a nose in a photo finish, but it was an awesome race, and he did so good after a long layoff. He lost his back right shoe, and I was able to capture that with my camera from my spot on the rail. He’s an awesome horse.

    Saratoga Racing

    King’s Bishop Field

    Uncle Mo

    Uncle Mo, Dislodged Shoe

    It was a great summer at Saratoga, and all in all I was able to take in three race weekends. The Jim Dandy, The Whitney, and The Travers. There won’t be a summer like it for a while. View all my photos from this summer at Saratoga in my flickr gallery.

  • Radio Controlled Air Show

    I’m going back in time here, trying to catch up with some posts for the exciting summer we’ve had. Saturday August 20th I went to the Radio Control Club of Rochester’s R/C Air show in North Hampton Park. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had a fantastic time, and saw a lot of really neat planes. The club has an airstrip at the park, that I haven’t used because I found a field a lot closer to fly in. They have four flight stations, and they were pretty much going non-stop. I saw a variety of planes from World War 1 bi-planes to futuristic looking jets. The majority of the planes were battery powered, which I think is good for the hobby. There was one plane they called a 43% scale plane. It was huge! They all flew and did loops and tricks. Here are a few photos and videos.

    Habu Turbofan Jet

    Habu Turbofan Jet

    Plane for Sale

    Plane for Sale

    Large 43% Model Bi-Plane

    Large 43% Model Bi-Plane

    Variety Planes

    Variety Planes

    Nose Art

    Nose Art

    I had a great time, and plan to go back next year.

  • Adirondacks Vacation

    The last week in July and first week in August, while the stock market was tanking, I spent an enjoyable week in the Adirondack region of New York on vacation. I was able to do a lot of swimming, some hiking, star gazing, sailing, kayaking, trespassing, and pretty much everything you can think of that is fun. I got to spend time with my entire family, which is really special to me. Even my Aunt Paula came out from St. Louis, she took some great loon photos. Here’s a sample of some of my photos, the full gallery is visible on my flickr page.

    Loon

    Loon

    Tupper Lake

    Tupper Lake

    Summit

    Mt. Morris Summit

    Arab IR

    Mt Arab Infrared

    This was a really fun vacation, and all the photos I took can be viewed on my flickr page.