CRAWFORD IMAGES | Ten favorite Justify photos
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- I'm a professional writer and an amateur photographer. I don't use any fancy equipment. I have started doing more photography because it enhances what we do on the web and because it has caused me to look at events i cover from a different perspective.
So I have puttered around with a camera while following Justify on the Triple Crown trail. When he was retired on Wednesday, I (probably too quickly) rifled back through the many hundreds of frames I shot of him during his Triple Crown trail to find ten that were worth sharing.
There's a shot of him pausing before walking onto the Churchill Downs track before training, and another before the Kentucky Derby that catches him as he gallops around the far turn, which I thought showed how muscular he is, and another that catches him with the Twin Spires in the background.
There's a shot of him all alone running over a ridiculously muddy track at Pimlico before the Preakness, against a backdrop of trees.
A lot of my favorite pictures of him were behind him, for some reason. There's a shot from behind him in the fog after winning the Preakness, jockey Mike Smith's hands raised above his head, and another in trainer Bob Baffert's barn at Churchill Downs, with other horses poking their heads out of their stalls to see the Triple Crown winner pass.
There's also a shot of him from behind about to head into a throng of people at Churchill waiting to greet him after winning the Triple Crown.
I liked a shot of him walking down a long gravel walkway at Belmont, Jimmy Barnes and stable pony Smokey beside him as he heads to train.
And finally, a couple more post-Triple Crown pictures, one with trainer Bob Baffert walking him in front of a packed Churchill Downs paddock, and one from the morning after he won the Triple Crown, being led around the barn by WinStar Farm president Elliott Walden.
You can find far better photos of Justify just about anywhere. But I had a lot of fun trying to capture some of his mystique, and his indelible place in horse racing history.
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