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55,000 Furlongs to the Finish

Santa Anita Through the Lens of a Camera

Mucho Macho Man wins the 2013 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita
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

 Tiz Flirtatious

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. 

  

 

What the Nation is saying about Santa Anita Through the Lens of a Camera...

the ASA used to limit you, you had to have the correct filter, you did not get to see your work until it was processed, temperature extremes caused trouble, lens changes, power winders, test flashes etc
aren't today's cameras the greatest?
aren't today's cameras the greatest?
All great photos, but that head shot of Joyful Victory takes the cake for me.
Awesome pics and my favorite is Paynter smiling. He's such a good boy!.
Great photos, and I have to say Frank Stronach has taken a lot of criticism in the past, including from me, but the improvements he has made in the Clubhouse area are great! He is at least trying to make the track experience better for the fans. Also the track was playing much more fair this weekend, horses were winning from off the pace unlike when the dirt surface was first put in. This will be a great Breeders Cup and unless they change the track Breeders Cup weekend, which sometimes happens, it will be a fair track.
Great work, Matt ... looks like you had a great time!
Beautiful photos, Matt! I enjoyed them all. Great job!
You know I'm enthralled with the Mucho pictures. Fantastic photos all around!
Paynter's smile and Mucho Macho Man's "game face" were the best ones :).
Matt, you're very talented with the lens. I feel like I was there. Thanks for these.
Love it!
Very nice photos!
Paynters smile is gorgeous
Fantastic pictures!! Especially Big Mucho Strutting his stuff!

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Meet Matt Scott 

My horseracing journey began when I was 16 years old and my mom took me to Hollywood Park. Although I did not fully appreciate it at the time, the experience stuck with me forever. 10 years later, during one of my many international business trips to Hong Kong, I visited Sha Tin racetrack to watch the races. This is where my true passion began. 

 

Holding a masters degree in mechanical engineering, the puzzle of handicapping intrigued me. I have made a career of making decisions based on trends, patterns, and formulas, which is why I think I was initially drawn to the sport. However, I have truly learned to appreciate the horses and how magnificent they are as athletes. 

 

I currently live in San Jose, CA, and when not following racing, I like to spend time with my wife, mountain bike, and design high-speed bicycles that I build and race For reference, 55,000 furlongs is the distance from Hong Kong to my home in San Jose. Also, I have 1-year-old dachshund (aka wiener dog) that I am training to race in the annual Wiener Nationals held at Golden Gate Fields.   

 

The purpose of this blog is to help give people the viewpoint of a fan that is newer to the sport and eager to learn. I like to respectfully speak my mind, and often the ideas come out of left field, which could give a fresh perspective on a sport rich with tradition and history. hope to represent the many future fans that I wish to follow my footsteps into the Sport of Kings.