Palace Malice Visits Aiken via Barry Bornstein’s Eyes
Nancy Bruen Smith
Where else but Aiken, SC does the general public have the opportunity to rally, celebrate and be welcome to witness training sessions of the winner of the 145th Running of the Belmont Stakes.
And what better person than Barry Bornstein, photographer extraordinaire, avid race horse enthusiast and owner to illustrate such an extraordinary opportunity.
Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice, 3 yr old Thoroughbred colt, son of two time Horse of the Year: Curlin; and 2013 Aiken trained Horse of the Year, trained by Legacy Stable’s Brad Stauffer, returned to Aiken briefly from November 9, 2013 until Jan 7, 2014. He earned $1,481,135, winning the 3rd jewel of the Thoroughbred’s Racing Triple Crown, as well as the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes and placed 2nd in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes and the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes.
W.Cothran (Cot) Campbell, Dogwood Stable President, generously welcomed the public to watch Palace Malice train and breeze at the Aiken Training Track during his close to 2 month stay, and many times there were over 100 spectators proudly watching. The town of Aiken has been incredibly supportive and were dancing in the street http://equestriancalendaraiken.com/index.php/component/content/article/15/142-latests-events-welcome-home-cot when Palace Malice won the Belmont Stakes.
No one was more dedicated than photographer Barry Bornstein. The inclement weather and the wee hours of the morning had no bearing on his presence when it came to capturing relationships to fans, owners, riders and trainers from the eye of his camera.
Photography for Barry Bornstein has been an avocation for him since high school. He has been published in several magazines and newspapers, and has hosted several photograph exhibits over the years, including 2 in Aiken during the past three years. Prior to retiring, he spent nearly 30 years in the non-profit arena, including President/CEO of the largest Special Olympics program, Executive of a major PBS TV Station, CEO of the national organization dealing with SIDS, executive producer of a major telethon in NY area for 13 years and consultant to several organizations in fund raising and administration.
Barry became involved with equine activities about 27 years ago when he married his lovely wife Valerie, a long time equestrian. Living in Saratoga part of the year has him naturally involved in horse racing, and is an owner and senior partner in Mosaic Racing Stable, and has two horses presently training in Aiken with Cary Frommer.
Thanks to the Palace Malice “team,” rider Gene Tucker, groom Niele Negrete, trainers Ron Stevens and Brad Stauffer, Palace Malice was very accessible to fans and friends. Cot Campbell encouraged people to visit the stable and view Palace Malice as he was hand walked or grazed, and there was no doubt that this horse knew when a camera was present. He would actually stop and pose whether on his way back to the stable from the track or walking around the stable yard.
At approximatley 7:45am, January 7th, 2014, the morning of the Nordic Blast that hit Aiken with record breaking temperatures in the single digits, Barry Bornstien came equipped with camera to see the colt off as he boarded the horse trailer to travel southbound to Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton, Florida to join 5-time Eclipse Award winning trainer Todd Pletcher, with high hopes of competing Palace Malice in the New Orleans Handicap March 29th. No doubts that the Aiken fans will be monitoring his progress and look forward to “Dancing in the Streets” once again.
Many thanks to Cot Campbell, Aiken Standard’s South Carolina’s Person of the Year 2013, for sharing this memorable event.
for more information on Barry Bornstein: http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/barryabornsteinphotography