The 2021 horse racing season at tracks across the country began without spectators once again, most tracks had delayed starts and sadly, one track, Marquis Downs in Saskatoon, did not open again.
But by the summer, fans were welcomed back, and with them some of the amazing horse racing lovers who come with camera in hand. These are some of the unsung, special people in racing who share their images on social media of horses and their people.
We share images from them from 2021 and thank them for their generosity to this site and their passion for the sport. You can find all of these fine people on social media platforms.
Our cover image (above) is courtesy of John Loper, who is a frequent visitor to Woodbine and Ajax Downs, and this photo is of the great Pink Lloyd following his 9-year-old debut in the Jacque Cartier Stakes (G3) when second to Souper Stonehenge.
Laurie Langley has hundreds of super images from Fort Erie training and racing (forteriehorsepeople.ca) and shares them with everyone.
Lisa Thompson is an ace photographer in British Columbia and captured great action at Hastings Racecourse:
Sovereign Award winner Will Wong shares hundreds of photos on his Facebook page and often on his website www.mrwillwong.com and his focus is horses and the great people who care for them:
Terence and Cindy Pierson Dulay travel throughout the continent to cover horse racing; at their site www.horse-races.net they have in-depth reports and images of the biggest races:
John Watkins photographs three breeds of racing – Standardbreds, Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds!
Julie Wright works for Daily Racing Form, here is one of her amazing images from 2021:
Jason Halstead is the sharpshooter at Century Mile and Assiniboia Downs:
Sovereign Award winners Jeff Bowen and Santino DiPaola often share their superb images: