Please enjoy part one (of two) of a selection of my favorite photographs from 2014!
My own OTTB mare, Limerick (registered as Amanda Bry), poses on a snowy New Year's Day. March 2014 marked 18 years together and without my mare, I would not be the person that I am today. Thank you, Limerick.
Once the host of steeplechase races, St. James Farm is a beautiful part of local Illinois racing history.
The horse and hound cemetery of St. James Farm. Several steelechase horses lay at rest here.
Horses after the break on a cold March day at Hawthorne Racecourse.
Judy the Beauty, John Velazquez up, enters the winner's circle after winning the Madison Stakes (Gr. I) at Keeneland.
The sun catches Discreet Marq's tail as the field heads for the first turn in the Jenny Wiley Stakes (Gr. I) at Keeneland. With Irad Ortiz, Jr. up, she would finish second to Hard Not to Like and Javier Castellano.
Corey Nakatani gives Dance With Fate an appreciative pat en route to the winner's circle after winning the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Gr. I) at Keeneland. Dance With Fate was euthanized in July after suffering a serious accident while training at Del Mar.
Exciting Bucket the day after arriving at Our Mims Retirement Haven.
Exciting Bucket meets Our Mims Retirement Haven resident Bel's Starlet. Bel's Starlet passed away after an illlness in October, at age 27.
Data Link at Claiborne Farm.
War Front smacks his lips after eating peppermints at Claiborne Farm. At $150,000 the stallion's stud fee is one of the highest in the world.
Christopher Emigh celebrates aboard Flashy American after winning the Sixty Sails Handicap (Gr. III) at Hawthorne.
Dynamic Impact and Miguel Mena out-duel Midnight Hawk and Martin Garcia in the Illinois Derby (Gr. III) at Hawthorne.
Horses race by festive tents on Arlington Classic Day at Arlington Park.
Istanford, James Graham up, beats the boys in the Arlington Classic Stakes (Gr. III) at Arlington Park.
Florent Geroux sponges off I'm Already Sexy after their victory in the Modesty Handicap (Gr. III) at Arlington Park.
War Dancer, a handsome War Front colt, in the paddock prior to the Arlington Handicap (Gr. III) at Arlington Park, in which he finished third.
A portion of the the Arlington Park grandstand on Arlington Million Day.
Frankie Dettori performs the "Dettori Dismount" for owner Ken Ramsey after winning a maiden race aboard Luck of the Kitten.
Hardest Core, Eriluis Vaz up, wins the Arlington Million (Gr. I) at Arlington Park.