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2012 Breeders' Cup: As Seen by the Camera Lens

Brian Hernandez Fort Larned
Photo: Don August / Horse Racing Nation

Putting my final thoughts on paper about my experience at the Breeders’ Cup was pretty hard.

Words would really not do it justice. Did I enjoy it? Very much so. Was it easy to cover? Not at all.

My photo credentials allowed me on the track for the running of every race. Being trackside was exciting. Taking that photo to remember was a task; it wasn‘t easy. I had to battle my fellow photographers for elbow room, push and shove to get into my assigned spot and bob and weave like a boxer to make sure nobody stuck their lens in my view at that pivotal moment. 

Ok, maybe it wasn’t quite that bad, but it was a challenge as everybody seemed to want to get closer to the finish line as each race ended.

I shot 1,244 pictures and when I looked back on them I liked 1,230 of them (everybody takes a few bad shots). When picking out the ones to post on this video blog, I decided to go with all the winners and their jockeys. I mean after all, they are the ones that will all be remembered. In fact, some of them currently are, and others will be, in the Hall of Fame.

  

 

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Stunning! As good as being there ... Phenomenal work, Don!
Great job, Don. These pictures are great!! I love the song choice too.
great job brother
Well done !! Cheers from Montevideo - Uruguay .
Great stuff! Very well done. Thank you!
That's really cool, Don!
Fantastic job, keep up the good work!
Great stuff, Don! More great work from Horse Racing Nation. I really enjoyed meeting you and working with you this weekend!
Great photos. I agree with darlene about Martin Schwartz' celebration of Zagora's win.
the photos are so very good and it would be hard to pick a favorite of a horse or a jock I am a fan of many But even before I saw all the photos I fell in love with the first I saw Owner Martin Schwartz His excitement contagious and how many felt cheering "their" horse home Thanks
Awesome! Very appropriate song choice too! Loved it!

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Meet Don August

I have been involved in horse racing, from a fan to sportswriter, for the past 30 years. The first time my dad took me to the track, I picked a horse named "Black Tornado" and when he won, I was hooked.  From then on, I spent weekends and occasional school days at the race track, and my enjoyment of the sport led me to try my hand at being a jockey agent, which i did for 3 years. When that didn't work out as I had hoped, I concentrated on my writing career by covering big races and doing summer fair handicapping, off and on, for the Contra Costa Times.

Today, I stay involved in the sport by being part of a group that currently owns two horses stabled at Golden Gate Fields. As all owners, we have dreams of someday having that special horse.  Besides writing about horse racing I enjoy covering many sports and have had the honor of meeting and writing about some incredible athletes.