Simon Bruty's Favorite Shots

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"Before the 2004 Kentucky Derby, there was a huge rainstorm--an absolute monsoon. It got to the point where it was just about survival and making sure the camera gear made it to the race. When you're on the final turn you don't know which of the 15-plus horses is going to win. So to pick out Smarty Jones--and then to have Smarty's jockey, Stewart Elliott, poke his head out from behind the horse--made surviving the rainstorm worth it."

Shot with a Canon EOS-1D Mark II, EF 600mm f/4L IS USM

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