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Breeders Cup 2015

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Through The Lens: Haskell Day

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Photo: Averie Levanti


Aside from writing, photography has also been a growing passion of mine. I first starting using my old, hand-me-down Canon late last November and have been slowly but surely teaching myself the basic ins and outs of photography since then. While I still have tons to learn, I've seen some major improvement over the past seven months and hope to see even more in the near future. The Haskell was only my sixth time using my camera at the track, but I think it may have been the first time that I finally started to get the hang of action shots...and with that I introduce my new series, "Through The Lens", which will feature photos of mine each time I visit the racetrack for a major racing day.


  Majestic River first time by in the Molly Pitcher
 Majestic River gets a well deserved cool down following her Molly Pitcher win
Rainbow Heir gets some praise from Angel Serpa following his victory in the Teddy Drone
 Rainbow Heir heads back to the barn
An outrider cools off her pony
 Starstruck had her game face on prior to the Matchmaker
 Starstruck surges to the lead in the stretch with Irish Mission and Watsdachances left in her wake
 Starstruck bounds home in the WinStar Matchmaker
 Valid also had his game face on
 Bradester put up quite a fight in the paddock prior to the Monmouth Cup and had the veins to show for it
 Bradester surges to the lead first time by in the Monmouth Cup
 Valid eventually passes a stubborn Bradester in the late stages of the Monmouth Cup
 Valid looked quite pleased to receive a nice spray down
 Valid cools off
 Fredericksburg passes under the wire first time around in the Oceanport with Slim Shadey in close pursuit
 Guys Reward wins the Oceanport
 Guys Reward notched his 3rd graded stakes and 9th lifetime victory in 46 starts
 Bayern in the paddock before the Haskell
 Untapable looks to the crowd surrounding the paddock
Bayern takes the lead first time by in the Haskell with Wildcat Red hot on his heels
Bayern, this time clear of competition, sails toward the wire in the Haskell

Bayern heads back to the barn...
 ...And the painting of the jockey statue begins. 


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Meet Averie Levanti:


Averie Levanti has been an enthusiast for racing ever since she read Bill Nack's Secretariat in early 2011. After falling in love with the popular Shackleford, racing quickly grew to become her passion. Soon discovering she had a love for writing, she began to share some of her articles through HRN. 

In January of last year she fell in love with Princess of Sylmar, and, after following her through her rapid growing success, showed her enthusiasm for the filly through a simple poster board. Being noticed by Ed Stanco and meeting the filly lead to a whirlwind of events which eventually lead to being named as the 2013 Tim Reynolds Memorial Fan of the Year.

Now proudly a part of the King of Prussia Stable team, Averie is only beginning to embark on her dream of achieving a lifelong career in horse racing and hopes to make a name for herself through her writing and her growing interest in photography.

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