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Posted Monday, June 11, 2018

The final day of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival was parts exhausting, energizing and exhilarating.

If I took you through the day starting with the morning activities and leading up to the final crescendo, it would not do the conclusion justice. So why don’t we relive the day in reverse, beginning with the sheer joy of Justify's 2018 Belmont Stakes win.

 


Like an artist applying the final brush stroke on his master painting, Bob Baffert gently adjusts the Triple Crown blanket on Justify.



Touches of joy in the winner’s circle:

 


You can sense Mike Smith’s pride and feeling of accomplishment as he takes Justify past the stands.
 

 

After 1 1/2 miles around the "Big Sandy" of Belmont, Justify crossed the wire still full of energy.

 

Justify jumped out of the gate of the Belmont Stakes and took an early lead, with Free Drop Billy, Bravazo, Hofburg, and Restoring Hope to his right side. 


Spring Quality, with Edgar Prado on the far left, narrowly edged out Sadler’s Joy with Javier Castellano and Hi Happy with Luis Saez at the wire of the 1 ¼-mile Manhattan on the inner turf.


Edgar Prado enjoyed smelling the sweetness of success as he heads to the winner’s circle on Spring Quality.

 

Spring Quality and his groom seem to breathe a sigh of relief as they head out of the winner’s circle.


Bee Jersey, with Ricardo Santana, along the rail narrowly beat Mind Your Biscuits and Joel Rosario in the Met Mile. Joel seemed to turn his head left towards Bee Jersey in disbelief as he crosses the finish line.

 

Ricardo Santana soaked in the moment as he enters the winner’s circle on Bee Jersey.


Ricardo Santana and Bee Jersey enjoyed the attention in the winner’s circle with their connections, including trainer Steve Asmussen.


You can tell the energy and determination with which Irad Ortiz rode the Just A Game mile on turf as he lets out a roar while flying across the finish line on A Raving Beauty.

 

Irad Ortiz is still pumped with adrenaline as he returns to the winner’s circle for the second time that race day.


Sheer joy by the connections of A Raving Beauty as they turned into the winner’s circle.

 

Monomoy Girl putting in some distance between herself and second-place Talk Veuve To Me in their Acorn win.

 

Monomoy Girl receives her blanket of roses.


 


Florent Geroux savors the moment in the winner’s circle on Monomoy Girl



And as the day ended, so it begins: Mike Smith rode Bob Baffert-trained Abel Tasman to a victory in the Ogden Phipps.
 



Mike Smith at his first visit of the day to the winner’s circle, and during his interview with NBC's Britney Eurton.
 


 


In the crowd were hats and some exquisite wardrobe, which at times had to be literally ditched in the dirt for the Belmont two-step for the crossing of the track.




To emphasize the significance of the day, even the guide ponies are adorned with elaborate braids




At the Belmont Steakhouse, a chef diligently prepares his carving knives

 


Cassandra Jonas is proud to showcase the Justify crown, which so many spectators wore with excitement to show their support.

 


In the morning, visitors streamed into the grandstand building as soon as the gates open at 8:30.

 


... and were welcomed by a barbershop quartet dressed in red, white and blue.



The day started long before the main gates opened, as track workers walked past still empty betting windows.
 

 


It was the pursuit of trophies, and their award to the best athletes that day, that made it a truly memorable day.






So beyond this tremendous accomplishment by Justify of earning the Triple Crown, the next question: Where will he race next? Will he follow the path of American Paroah, but this time conquer the Graveyard of Champions at Saratoga as well?

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Meet Konrad Weeber

In his photography, Konrad captures the beauty of equine sports. His photos take the viewers behind the scenes of horse racing and allow them to experience the daily passion at backstretches, training tracks and horse barns. Horse people are motivated by their seemingly limitless dedication to the animals. Konrad aims to capture this in his photos that often explore the changing light between dawn and sunrise. His goal is to photograph the poetry in motion of horses in flight, the intersection of sunlight and athleticism, and the caring passion of riders and caretakers for the equines in their charge.

Konrad is a lifelong photographer who started with black and white photography of modern dance performances for a journal in his hometown of Vienna, Austria. He has followed his passion for photography as he travelled the world and transitioned to travel, outdoors and sports photography. After settling in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2015, he started to explore horse racing photography and picked up horseback riding himself to develop a better appreciation for and connection with horses. He now specializes in equine photography as a freelance photographer.

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