I was born in 1972 and grew up around horses living miles away from Churchill Downs as my Dad taught my brother and I the finer nuances of the racing game. Triple Crown Winners seemed normal to me as a child and I assumed that I would experience other horses like Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed but as I grew up each year would always end in disappointment. After becoming a professional photographer I was privileged to learn how to shoot thoroughbreds from legendary equine photographer, Tony Leonard. I made it my mission to document the historical moments of our next Triple Crown Champion and have been there for every heartbreak since 2004 including Smarty Jones, Big Brown, I'll Have Another (he scratched on my 40th Birthday) and California Chrome. It became easy to be skeptical but after watching American Pharoah in his dominating Arkansas Derby, I knew that he was a different horse than I had ever seen. I started following him on April 21st at Churchill Downs and was blessed to spend 8 incredible weeks watching history unfold through my lens. I was 6 years old when Affirmed beat Alydar and now I have a  treasured photo of my 8 year old daughter Scout and I with American Pharoah and Bob Baffert. The roar of the Belmont crowd on June 6th is something that none of us will ever be able to properly describe but will be imprinted in the memories of those that felt it forever. It was all well worth the wait.  

-Ted Tarquinio