“saratoga as i see it”

When Big Joe is not shooting weddings in the summer, you can probably find him at the Saratoga Race Track, in Saratoga Springs, New York. It is really beautiful up there, and if for some reason you have never been, it is a must-do summer activity. Between the races and the people, the atmosphere is awesome and there is so much to see.

About 40 years ago, Big Joe was shooting at the track, outside of the fence. The 1970’s was the greatest decade for championship horses. In that decade, he had the honor of shooting the last three triple crown winners in Lexington, Kentucky; Secretariet, Seattle Slew and Affirmed. Fast forward to 2010, he worked for the marketing department at the Saratoga Race Course and in 2011-2012, he was a freelancer for NYRA (which is what he will continue to do this summer). This has always been a life long passion of his. When shooting horses or shooting at the track, he is not interested in the typical sport shot, crossing the finish line, etc. He thinks others do it better. Joe is interested in capturing everyday Saratoga, as he knows it.

From JP: I could not be happier to share this blog with you all. The images my father captures from this special time of summer are just amazing. They’re all simply beautiful and capture Saratoga Race Course perfectly. Enjoy!

Here is a collection of amazing images that Big Joe has captured from the past 3 years, so please enjoy and get excited for the 150th season at the Saratoga Race Course!

A classic racetrack character…
Prestigious FT Evening Sales
roaring hooves club house turn.
5:30 am. a must experience, breakfast at saratoga.
champion, rachel alexandra
a very special shot
rail birds.
top of the stretch
cool down.
finish line.
saratoga’s mary lou whitney
winner’s circle
tuesday evening…
sales again..
million plus and higher
Bob Coglienese, a long time award winning track photographer
they’re off!
weigh in
good morning
excellent care
entering paddock, race 5…
From Big Joe: “I had the honor of having this photo chosen for the 2013 and 150th Anniversary Program Cover. Thank you, (this is very special to me)”.




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