Racing Up Close and Personal
- Steve Heuertz

A Season To Remember
A Recap of the 2019 3 Year Old Season
Action shots that take your breath away and horses that you won't forget. Join us on as we relive the exciting Breeders' Cup held at the historic Churchill Downs.

Steve Heuertz gives us an emotional view and Tom Ferry gives us the play by play of the tumultuos 2019 3 year old season.

Photos by Steve Heuertz
Article by Tom Ferry
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.

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The Championships at Churchill
A Recap of the 2018 Breeders' Cup
Action shots that take your breath away and horses that you won't forget. Join us on as we relive the exciting Breeders' Cup held at the historic Churchill Downs.

Steve Heuertz again provides the photos we've all grown to love as Tom Ferry takes us stride by stride through the exciting and lucrative races.

Photos by Steve Heuertz
Article by Tom Ferry
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A Triple Classic
Coverage from the 2018 Kentucky Derby, Preakness & Belmont

​​Featuring - Justify​​
Photo below taken by Steve during Justify's run to win the 2018 Preakness

A Triple Classic
A Jockey, a Trainer, and a Horse

Nothing ever fazed him. Not a record rainfall, mud, dense fog, award-winning rivals, nor a 136-old curse. Nothing could derail Justify from becoming the 13th Triple Crown champion in the history of Thoroughbred racing.​​

Photos by Steve Heuertz
Article by Tom Ferry
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Triple Crown and Travers
Photographic Story of the 2017 3-Year-Old Season
Every 3-year-old season is first defined by the Triple Crown.  In years when an individual horse wins multiple Triple Crown races, it is almost assured that horse will also win end-of-the year divisional honors.  In years when one horse cannot assert himself as the clear favorite throughout the Triple Crown, greater attention turns to the (sometimes referred to) “fourth leg of the Triple Crown,” the Travers at Saratoga.  However, through the Travers inconsistency remained the theme of the 2017 sophomore class with four different horses winning each of the four most important 3-year-old races of the season.  Here is a look back at Always Dreaming, Cloud Computing, Tapwrit and West Coast and their respective wins in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes and Travers.​​
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Grand Slam
Photographic Storybook of American Pharoah and 2015 Breeders' Cup
On October 30th and 31st, the the bluegrass of Lexington, Kentucky and historic Keeneland Racecourse played host to the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The especially memorable weekend was highlighted by the presence of American Pharoah and the first opportunity for a Triple Crown winner to compete in the event. With American Pharoah targeting a start in the $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic, the racing world awaited the possibility that the 12th Triple Crown winner could take the Classic and become the first horse to capture what was billed as the “Grand Slam.” This is a photographic journey American Pharoah’s quest and the rest of first Breeders’ Cup ever held in the hometown of American  Thoroughbred racing. 
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Triple Crown 2016
American Pharoah's Triple Crown Journey
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Breeders' Cup 2016
Photographic Story of the 2016 Breeders' Cup
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships returned to beautiful Santa Anita Park on November 4th and 5th, 2016. Here is a photographic journey through the amazing weekend of racing highlighted by two epic showdowns: the undefeated Songbird versus champion Beholder in the Distaff and the 2014 Horse of the Year, all-time earnings leader and undefeated in 2016, California Chrome versus the unknown  potential of Saratoga’s track record setting, Arrogate, in the Classic.​​
Breeders' Cup 2016
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Photographic Story of the 2016 Breeders' Cup
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Breeders' Cup 2014
Photographic Story of the 2014 Breeders' Cup
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Belmont Stakes 146
California Chrome's Attempt at the Triple Crown
The first step was taken in Kentucky, the second in Maryland. The third would be taken in New York. After his victory in the Preakness, California Chrome became the 13th horse tobid for the Triple Crown since Affirmed last won it in 1978. Even though his twelve  predecessors were uniquely remarkable, each failed to pass “The Test of the Champion” and win the Belmont Stakes. The resulting 36 year drought without a Triple Crown winner remained the longest in racing history, yet many refused to lose hope and instead still found  themselves captivated again as ‘Chrome embarked on his own historic run.

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139th Preakness Stakes
California Chrome and the Second Leg of Triple Crown
For 140 years, the routine has been the same. The first Saturday in May is met with pageantry and a tradition of spires, hats and juleps that eventually lend resolve to the countless questions that were asked just minutes, hours, days, weeks and even months before. While the answer is always in the form of a single horse draped in a garland of roses, another question almost immediately emerges; can this same individual accomplish a similar feat again in a mere two weeks? ​​
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Kentucky Derby 2014 Contenders
Meet the Top Contenders Batteling for the Roses and a Piece of Histroy
In the spring of 1955, a horse and boy boarded a train in California and traveled two thirds across the country. The boy, 18-year-old Art Sherman, slept in the same boxcar as his three-year-old companion, a thoroughbred racehorse named Swaps. Sherman was the exercise rider for the colt, and together they ventured toward Churchill Downs and a start in the Kentucky Derby.
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Breeders' Cup 2012

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