You can't shoot a backstretch run and a photo finish with the same camera. Here's the color-coded guide to all of Frakes's setups.
Placed at their optimal focus distance from the action and used for head-on remote, backstretch and roof shots. Frakes used 300-mm, 400-mm and 600-mm Canon and Nikon lenses for these shots.
For close-ups of the race, the horse and the owners in the winner's circle, and the fans in the stands. Frakes used 70-to-200-mm, 80-to-200-mm and 75-to-150-mm Canon and Nikon zoom lenses.
Best for shots of the starting gate and for sweeping panoramas. Frakes used 14-, 15-, 16-, 28- and 50-mm prime lenses and 16-to-35-mm, 17-to-35-mm and 28-to-70-mm zoom lenses from Canon and Nikon.
Aperture stays open for several seconds, producing a wide shot with only the horses in focus; background is blurred because film is moving. Frakes used a custom-made camera with a 180-mm Hasselblad lens.