Photo: Matthew Scott
Once I learned that Mucho Macho Man was going to be racing in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita I knew I had to go watch. Rather than writing a recap of my day as a spectator of 5 grade 1 races, I decided to rent a fancy camera lens and let everyone see the day as I did.
The infield before any racing had begun
John Henry photobomb
Versye winning race 1 over Yana
Topper's Ghost (6) surging past the tiring pace setters down the stretch
Raphael Bejarano before the third race
Papa Turf stretching out win the day's fourth race.
She's a Tiger with Gary Stevens Up
Fascinating headed to the Paddock
Rosie giving Secret Compass some pre-race love.
Secret Compass wearing down She's a Tiger. Secret Compass would go on to win.
A very friendly lead pony paying me a visit in the paddock
Startstruck and Larry Jones are all smiles before the Rodeo Drive Stakes
In the parade ring before proving that she can get 10 furlongs
Running between the paddock and the track each race at Santa Anita is tough work. I took a water break during the FrontRunner Stakes, so unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures.
A picture of the Queen before the race that was named after her.
Beholder strutting her stuff before the Zenyatta Stakes
Flashy American is very photogenic
Joyful Victory looking as beautiful as ever
Jeranimo on his way to be saddled for the Awesome Again Stakes
Paynter also heading to be saddled
Paynter found time to give me a smile before the Awesome Again.
Mucho Macho Man putting on his game face
And at last, the anticipated moment when Mucho Macho Man captured his first Grade 1 in the Awesome Again Stakes.