A Look Back at Ajax Downs: 2011 in review
When I look back on 2011 I remember the cold wet start to the 2011 season at Ajax Downs. The track was soaking and the day seemed very long. By the end of the day I wondered if I had any pictures that would be worth printing. This photo taken during the Ajax Downs Season Opener puts it all in to perspective. Seeing Peter Gross interviewing Chelsey Willick after her win seemed to set the tone for the rest of the year.
Ajax Downs Workouts
One day that surprised me was May 11, 2011 during a workout. Timing is often everything when taking photos of race horses and this picture of Erika Smilovsky is proof. Right out of the gates she was tossed head first over the horse and came very close to being trampled on.
To see more of the photos taken during the 2011 season at Ajax Downs swing by my Flickr Page.
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Track Conditions at Ajax Downs
What a mix bag today, Aug 8 2001, at Ajax Downs. Started off hot and muggy and ended up rainy and mucky. All and all it was another good day at the track for taking photos. From the first race to the last there was action as usual. Some horses like Stockton Tx shown here didn’t want to play and dropped jockey Tony Phillips and took off out of the gate before anyone else.
Ajax Downs Photos Aug 8
There are many more photos of the races from Aug 8, 2011 and will be posted to both our Flickr site and Facebook page. To catch them when they’re released ‘like’ us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/DRPhotos.ca) and you’ll see them as they are posted.
Today I spent more time down by the gates to catch both the intensity of the jockeys as well as the power of the horses. Once the gates are opened everyone starts off the same, well most of the time, and you can see it from the focused look on the jockeys.
More photos from the races on August 8, 2011 will be posted on Flickr and Facebook over the next days and weeks.