A Season to Remember

Story by Tom Ferry
Photos by Steve Heurtz

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Steve Heuertz Bio
It started with a horse named Cowboy. Disregarded and discounted, this nine-year-old Red Dun Quarter Horse left his life as a ranch horse in South Dakota and ventured a new path into the life of Steve Heuertz in 2004.
Shortly thereafter, a bond was formed that fully catapulted Steve into the world of the horse where he became fascinated with the wonderful capabilities of this majestic animal. Of particular interest were the speed, endurance and competitive spirit demonstrated by the equine heroes within the sport of Thoroughbred Racing. Although initially satisfied with observing from afar, Steve became increasingly captivated by the sport and turned toward capturing the splendor of racing via his other passion, photography. The result was a recipe where he could combine his great love for horses, racing and photography into one harmonious blend that was greater than the sum of its parts.
Since then, racing has taken Steve across the country to such wonderful places as Saratoga Race Course, Churchill Downs, Santa Anita Park, Pimlico Race Course, Belmont Park, Keeneland and Hooiser Park. During these travels, Steve has been fortunate to witness and photograph equally wonderful races such as the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes (racing’s famed Triple Crown) as well as the Travers Stakes, Santa Anita Derby, Indiana Derby, Stephen Foster Handicap and Breeders’ Cup, among others. However, residing in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, IL, Steve regularly frequents Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course where he has enjoyed capturing magnificent races like the Arlington Million and Hawthorne Gold Cup.
Today, Steve’s passion for horses, racing and photography is like a fire that continues to be stoked. While either behind the lens capturing the thrill of a Grade 1 race or in the saddle loping around a field with Cowboy, Steve as learned to operate under the simple truth that the more he is able to involve the horse in his life, the happier his days become.

Tom Ferry Bio
Tom Ferry has traveled throughout North America in pursuit of a lifelong passion for the horse racing industry. His published writing and photography has been seen in the pages and websites of The Thoroughbred Times, The Blood-Horse, Horse Racing Nation, International Racehorse, America's Best Racing, New York Breeder, Midwest Thoroughbred, Illinois Racing News and the 2010 book, They Call the Horses. 
Tom's proudest moment came on November 15, 2008 when a framed enlargement of his published photograph of the late, Hall-of-Fame champion Princess Rooney was placed alongside her grave during a memorial service held to celebrate her life at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois and a graduate of Western Illinois University, Tom has built a successful career in the advertising industry for more than 30 years. But while advertising pays the bills, the world of horse racing feeds his soul.