It’s spring again! I know this because Carolina Cup was this past Saturday. On a cloudless, 70 degree spring day, the college kids came out in masses to “watch” horse racing. And by watch, I mean drink copious amounts of alcohol. Fortunately I was able to get into the infield far before people were too inebriated to stand or comprehend that I was asking them to stand still so I could take a photo of their bow ties.
It’s been something I’ve been kicking around for a few years, but never had the chance to do it. So here are the best of the best bow ties that I came across at Carolina Cup.
Oh and did I mention there was horse racing to be seen? Same ol cast of characters and the same sport I love. But I would like to give a special congratulations to the winner of the 2011 Grade III Carolina Cup, SUNSHINE NUMBERS and all of his connections. It was a very personal and emotional win for me to photograph. I look forward to sharing the tear sheets with you all from press releases over the coming month or so. Until next time, enjoy the photos.
Bow Ties at the Carolina Cup
2 April, 2011: An outrider stands in the morning sunshine before the first race at 2011 Carolina Cup races.
Jockey William Dowling lies in the grass after his horse, WORRIED MAN went through a wing on the final fence in the Camden Plate Maiden Hurdle.
Jockey Danielle Hodson shows her horse, DUGAN the first National Fence before the Woodward Kirkover hurdle race.
Eventual winner GOOD REQUEST and Paddy Young gallop through the stretch the first time around the course in the Woodward Kirkover hurdle race.
Sunshine Number's trainer Arch Kingsley Jr. (right) fist bumps his groom Hawkeye before the Grade III Carolina Cup.
Arch Kingsley Jr. trained Sunshine Number's and jockey Jody Petty jump the final fence in the Grade III Carolina Cup in dominant fashion and win by a growing margin of 27 lengths.
Jockey Jody Petty takes a peak over his shoulder aboard Arch Kingsley Jr. trained Sunshine Numbers after jumping the last fence in the Grade III Carolina Cup, only to find his nearest rival some 27 lengths behind.
Trainer Arch Kingsley Jr. and Owner George Sensor embrace after Sunshine Number's dominant Grade III Carolina Cup win.