Friday, May 29, 2009

Rachel is the new Madonna

I'm sure by now you've heard the big news of the day, that the Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will be skipping the Belmont Stakes. Part of me feels disappointed by this news, but generally I'm happy about it. I want to see Rachel fresh and ready for a great summer campaign. Plus, if the showdown with Zenyatta happens, she's going to need to be at the top of her game, and the Big Sandy has a way of sucking the energy out of a horse after a 1 1/2 mile effort.

Unexpectedly cool news of the day: Rachel Alexandra will be featured in the August issue of Vogue magazine. Fashion photographer Steven Klein hauled a backdrop out to the Churchill Downs backstretch and put on a photo shoot worthy of Madonna, if Madonna was wearing only a halter and a lead shank (hey, I'm sure she's come close). Being both a photography nerd and a worshipper of Alexandra the Great, I can't wait to see the end product. It'll mark the first time I ever actually go out and buy Vogue.

And finally... I got my second cover today! I almost missed it, and thanks to one of my Flickr contacts, I was informed my photo of Calvin Borel in the paddock after the Kentucky Derby was on the cover of They like me, they really like me!


  1. You're killin' 'em with the NTRA front-page photos! ... Can't believe I haven't mentioned this yet, either, but sweet taste in music, especially AFP.

  2. Congrats on the NTRA cover...awesome work.

  3. My congratulations as well on the NTRA cover. That's wonderful!

    I've never bought Vogue either, but I'll be purchasing that issue also!

  4. Thanks, all!

    Glenn- I was soooo torn between seeing Amanda the night before the Belmont in NYC, and being fresh for my first Belmont, but in the end, I made up my mind I can't be off my game for the big race (I wouldn't get home from her show until near 2:00am). This marks the third time in a row I've missed Amanda when she was no further than two hours away from me. I've never seen her live, so it was an excruciating decision.