Over the next few days, leading up to the New Year, we’ll revisit some favorite pictures from the 2015 mid-Atlantic racing year, taking a season-by-season approach, in our Year in Pictures 2015 series.
In the summer, the region’s tracks held some of their biggest events, among them the Haskell, Cotillion, and Delaware Handicap.
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Kharafa won the $75,000 Elkwood Satkes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey on Saturday July 4, 2015. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO
Tightend Touchdown prevailed by a head in the G3 Parx Dash Saturday. Photo By Barbara Weidl /EQUI-PHOTO
Sheer Drama (outside) outfought Frivolous to win the Delaware Handicap. Photo by The Racing Biz.
Syntax won the G3 Kent Stakes.
Lady Shipman dazzled in winning the Klassy Briefcase by six. Photo By Ryan Denver/EQUI-PHOTO
Table Jumper was all by her lonesome in winning the sixth at Laurel. Photo by The Racing Biz.
Stormy Regatta rallied late to nose out Rachel Wall in the first division of the Little Silver. Photo by Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO
Saddling at Saratoga. Photo courtesy of Arch Kingsley.
Sheldon Russell. Photo by The Racing Biz.
American Pharoah wins the Haskell. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO.
American Pharoah at Monmouth Park.
Abel Castellano and his boys celebrate his win in the G3 Matchmaker. Photo by Dan Tordjman.
Chrome Mine is one of two fillies that give trainer David Walters a strong hand in the distaff division at Charles Town. Photo by Coady Photography.
King Leatherbury signs autographs before the induction ceremony.
Newly minted Hall of Famers, including (from left), A. G. Vanderbilt, III, accepting for his father; Clark Shaffer,accepting for his great-grandfather H. G. Bedwell, who trained Billy Kelly; Chris Antley’s mother Shelly; King Leatherbury; and Harry Deitchman and Ken Taylor, accepting for Xtra Heat.
Expected Ruler and Wilmer Garcia shocked the bettors by taking Monmouth Park’s Tyro Stakes, paying $96 to win. Photo By Ryan Denver/EQUI-PHOTO
Trainer Liam D. Benson agonized while sweating out an inquiry before stewards left his horse, Expected Ruler, in first in the Tyro. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO
Work underway on the paddock at Parx Racing.
Monster Sleeping proved best in the Jameela. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
Phlash Phelps held off Eyeplayeveryday to win the Find Stakes. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
Ben’s Cat. Photo by The Racing Biz.
Ben’s Cat makes his move. Photo by The Racing Biz.
Trainer Marcus Vitali (L) and Jockey Nik Juarez celebrate after Juarez guided the Vitali trained Valid to victory in the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes. It was the first stakes win for Juarez. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO
Longtime Maryland horseman oward Bender passed away in September.
Roy and Gretchen Jackson (far right, second from right), joined jockey Daniel Centeno in the winner’s circle after Exaggerated won the Oakley. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
Onus was all by her lonesome in winning the G3 Commonwealth Oaks today at Laurel Park. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
Exaggerated made it look easy in winning the Oakley Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
One Go All Go and Ronald Hisby cleared to an early lead en route to winning the Commonwealth Derby. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
Mr Speaker said “aye” in the G2 Commonwealth Cup today at Laurel Park. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
Gary Capuano, right, with Intrepid Alex winning at Delaware Park in June. Intrepid Alex is Delaware-certified. Photo by HoofprintsInc.com
The new Silks simulcast area nears readiness. Photo by the Maryland Jockey Club.
Rounding the turn. Photo by Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club.