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By Susan Salk on January 23, 2013
Asked when she knew she’d really made it as a photographer, two-time Eclipse Award winner Barbara Livingston says she’s not sure she really has. Despite the awards, and despite having seen her hauntingly beautiful photographs grace the covers of too many magazines to count—including Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated and almost every major Thoroughbred publication—she humbly replies, “I still sometimes think I haven’t made it.” She adds that she is constantly striving to improve the work she began 35 years ago, when she witnessed Secretariat and Ruffian run in the early 70s. Just a kid at the time, she made it […]
By Susan Salk on January 22, 2013
Lauren Bullard could feel the calculation in their eyes as they scrutinized Unjust, her 17-hand gelding who on Valentines Day back in 2009, was entering a claiming race at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. These horsemen couldn’t help but notice the fine figure parading before them; a tall, big-boned beauty who had already won $100,000 in races from Turfway Park to Churchill Downs. “I saw a couple of well-known claim buyers and I gave them dirty looks. They were looking at my baby, he was my favorite, and he looked fantastic, of course,” Bullard says. “He always shines and looks beautiful, […]
By Susan Salk on January 21, 2013
Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Feb. 12, 2011 About the time that Sandy Seabrook’s life was hitting its stride, a winning racehorse was losing his. As Seabrook and boyfriend planned to get married her future was full of promise. Her college degree in marketing was nearly complete, and she was beginning to imagine a career for herself that combined her love for horses with her nascent marketing skills. Miles away, on racetrack in Florida, the future for once-winning racehorse Spite the Devil was becoming less certain as the years rolled away from his mid-2000s heyday; a time […]