Born to Run

“This is Juan Sanchez riding Mountain Yodler in the last race of the second day of racing at the California State Fair. This shot was a complicated one to get because I had to use a remote camera, which I was triggering from the opposite side of the track, since people aren’t allowed along the inside rail of the track during a race.”

“This is Juan Sanchez riding Mountain Yodler in the last race of the second day of racing at the California State Fair. This shot was a complicated one to get because I had to use a remote camera, which I was triggering from the opposite side of the track, since people aren’t allowed along the inside rail of the track during a race.”

Once a year, Cal Expo features thoroughbred races that coincide with the California State Fair. Horse racing—with centuries of tradition and pageantry behind it—boasts some of the strongest, fastest and most beautiful creatures on earth. We visited the scene on its opening weekend in July to take a closer look at life on and off the track.