AT&T National Coverage

If you look at the main section of my website, then you can tell that even though I have a section dedicated to “Sports blogs” – I rarely get the chance to shoot sporting events (seeing that there are all of 3 or 4 blogs in that category). But every year that the PGA tour comes to town, I try to shoot the event held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

One of the last times I shot the event, I was lucky enough to be able to shoot Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo together prior to their split, and also shoot Tiger Woods with Elin Nordgren before she kicked his butt. Both splits resulted in increased sales of images, so I was quite happy! Before you cringe at the thought of me celebrating bad news — lets be clear, this news does not make me happy — but from a sales perspective, it is nice to have recent pictures of the celeb couple when the news hits!

This year when I showed up for the pro-am event held on Wednesday prior to the PGA event, I scrolled thru the list of players, and the only notable name was Donald Trump – whom was just about to finish up his round, so I skipped shooting on Wednesday.

Looking at the weather forecast for the weekend, I knew covering this was going to take just about every ounce of energy I had, as record breaking heat was expected in the area. Thursday was not bad, but Friday was unbelievably hot and miserable. I was lucky enough to have a wedding on Saturday – which turned out to be a little break for me from the rigors of lugging around a ton of camera equipment thru 18 holes each day.

So after my rest, I prepared for another long day on the course on Sunday. Luckily, as the day went on, it became clear that the lead group would be the only ones in contention for the win. Tiger Woods and Bo Van Pelt battled back and forth all day, and of course just about everyone in attendance all week was only really there to see Tiger play – so it was fitting that he ended up winning.

I’ve shot Tiger a number of times now, and I’ve always been surprised by his demeanor. You’d think with all his success, he would be a little nicer and easy going. Instead, he is all business — poker face the entire time. I’m kind of surprised that he has been able to brand himself so well given his lack of personality. Could you imagine how huge he would be if he had the same level of skill, but was actually a nice guy too?

DAVIS LOVE III bounces his ball on his driver at the 11th tee during the first round of play of the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

STEWART CINK hits at the 16th tee during the first round of play of the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

HUNTER MAHAN tees off at the 16th hole during the first round of play of the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

DAVIS LOVE III hits an approach to the green on hole 18 during the first round of play of the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Golf fans write notes to thank military members for the service on a wall outside the 18th green at the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

DAVID MATHIS tees off at hole number 10 during the 2nd round of play of the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

TIGER WOODS tees off on the 14th hole during the 2nd round of play of the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

KRIS BLANKS hits out of the sand on hole number 1 during the 2nd round of play of the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

JHONATTAN VEGAS plays from the sand on the 15th hole during 2nd round of play of the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

TIGER WOODS reacts to a bad shot on hole number 6 during the final round of play of the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

TIGER WOODS eyes up a putt on the green at hole number 7 during the final round of play of the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

BO VAN PELT hits from the tee on hole number 10 during the final round of play of the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

TIGER WOODS hits from the tee on hole number 16 during the final round of play of the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club.  Woods would continue on to win the tournament at 8 under par.  . (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

TIGER WOODS celebrates on the 18th green, after winning the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club at 8 under par. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

TIGER WOODS is awarded a trophy on the 18th green after winning the AT&T National PGA event held at Congressional Country Club at 8 under par. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Preakness Fun!

Some of you might have noticed the lack of “editorial month in review” posts on our blog lately – It is not because I have not been shooting the news, as I certainly have – but more due to the fact that I tend to keep up with the facebook page much more so than the blog!

With that said, I know there is a bit of interest every year in Preakness coverage, as it is one of the largest events in the Baltimore area. So I decided to throw some of the winners up ASAP on here!   This means that, even if you weren’t able to attend this year’s event, you can catch up in what went on while you browse the net or play online games like partypoker.  I’ve included a diverse selection of photographs, to give you a good idea of the events which took place at this year’s race.

Preakness is an interesting event to cover – as a photographer, I look around to see people I normally shoot with in the DC/Baltimore area. But unlike most DC political events where I often know every other photographer in the room – it seems that only a handful of the Preakness photographers are political photographers from the area.

Additionally, it’s interesting to see the various types of people that attend the event. Specifically noticing the stark difference between the people who frequent the infield, and those in the grandstands / corporate tents. After spending some time in the infield, I decided it was probably not in my best interest to be walking amongst a ton of drunk people ready to spill their beers all over multiple thousands of dollars in equipment I was carrying! Additionally the fact that every single one of these drunks wanted to stop in front of my camera and have me take their picture really slowed down my progress thru the infield towards the stage.

In prior years, I’ve been excited to see the Preakness coordinators head in the correct direction in terms of marketing the event. This year however, Preakness took a turn for the worse with the introduction of “kegasus” – the half man-half horse beer drinking, pot-bellied mascot used to promote the race. For the last few years Preakness had been trying to market the event to families – but this year they decided to go straight back to the college frat party roots. Undoubtedly this decision helped to keep families and kids away from the “grown up” entertainment.

Given the history of the Preakness, in many ways I’d like to see Maryland keep the race as part of it’s tradition. However, in many other ways I see how a much nicer facility like Delaware Park would make such a better home for this race!

A horse gets worked out during sunrise at Pimlico racetrack the day before the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes


Trainer TODD PLETCHER walks past the starting gate to watch his horse Dance City’s morning workout. At 12-1 odds, Dance City can’t be overlooked. But he does lag behind favorite Animal Kingdom, Dialed In and the other Kentucky Derby holdovers in the eyes of the oddsmakers.


Mucho Macho Man during a morning workout one day before the Preakness Stakes. After disappointing in the Kentucky Derby, Mucho Macho Man is listed as 12/1 to win the Preakness.


Trainer NICK ZITO washes off Dialed In after a morning workout one day before the Preakness Stakes. Dialed In is listed as the 9-2 second choice behind 2-1 Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Trainer Nick Zito said “He’s got a lot of energy… He is a strong, determined horse, and I am fine with him.”


Trainer Dale Romans’ Shackleford runs during a morning workout one day prior to the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico


Horses head into the final turn and approach the home strech in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint $50,000 race at Pimlico Racetrack. Ben’s Cat ridden by JEREMY ROSE finished 1st followed by SHELDON RUSSELL aboard Local Celebrity and MALCOM FRANKLIN on Super Chunky.


WES SCANTLIN of Puddle of Mudd sings in the infield at Pimlico on Preakness day.


A fan shows off a stylish purple hat while enjoying the races at Pimlico racetrack on the day of the Preakness Stakes.


XAVIER PEREZ aboard No Brakes (left) comes from behind to win the 2nd race of the day at Pimlico Racetrack on the day of the Preakness Stakes


PHIL VASSAR performs on stage at Pimlico Racetrack on Preakness day.


A fan shows off a stylish hat while enjoying the races at Pimlico racetrack on the day of the Preakness Stakes.


JESUS LOPEZ CASTANON leads Shackleford (blue helmet) down the straight away at the start of the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes


JESUS LOPEZ CASTANON leads Shackleford (blue helmet) down the home strech of Pimlico Raceway to win the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes


JESUS LOPEZ CASTANON aboard Shackleford (blue helmet) celebrates after winning the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes


JESUS LOPEZ CASTANON aboard Shackleford celebrates after winning the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes


National Volleyball League player LISA RUTLEDGE spikes a ball against HEATHER LOWE (hat), and TEALLE HUNKUS as teammate ANNETT DAVIS looks on during the final round of play at a NVL match at Pimlico Racetrack on Preakness day.


National Volleyball League player TEALLE HUNKUS spikes a ball against ANNETT DAVIS (left) and LISA RUTLEDGE during the final round of play at a NVL match at Pimlico Racetrack on Preakness day.


National Volleyball League player TEALLE HUNKUS celebrates with teammate HEATHER LOWE (white hat) after winning the final round of play against LISA RUTLEDGE (Red hat), and ANNETT DAVIS at a NVL match at Pimlico Racetrack on Preakness day.

AT&T National Coverage

The last time I covered the AT&T National was before our official Blog existed. Back then, the AT&T National Coverage went out on my small e-mail distribution list and was very well received as it is one of those DC events that everyone is interested in, even if you don’t follow the typical DC news cycle!
Wednesday began with a pro-am tournament which highlighted Tony Romo playing with Tiger Woods, Jessica Simpson singing the National Anthem, and Redskins players and others celebs playing a round with the pros as well. Note to self: It is called Pro-AM for a reason…. The AM part of that means the they play like me…. and as a photographer…. I don’t want to be standing in front of someone that plays like me while they drive a golf ball straight at me
(although they are trying to drive it down the fairway)! Scary— but luckily, I was not hit! 🙂
Having shot this course before, but only having shot Golf a handful of times, I was still a bit nervous about the strict PGA Tour rules– the entire time I couldn’t help but pray to God that my finger did not accidentally slip too early and snap in one of the players back-swings — a very big no-no for us stills.
Luckily for me, my finger kept steady, and my phone did not accidentally go off like it did during Obama’s prime time news conference (even though again, it was on vibrate only). However, all of the photographers didn’t hold their hands as steady as I – on Sunday, at the 16th green, with Tiger putting for birdie to take the lead, one poor soul a few spots down from me accidentally slipped early during Tiger’s swing. Tiger let out a big “SERIOUSLY?” (guess he has been watching Grey’s) and the other stills began sending evil stares at the offender. I think I would have messed myself, as that putt could have easily been the difference between 500,000 and 1,000,000 for Tiger (all of which would be donated to his charity anyway). And of course, the photographers ripped into the offender the rest of the evening — yikes!

Wednesday July 1st, 2009 – Washington, D.C.- Washington Redskins receiver ANTWAAN RANDLE EL plays a round of golf with Washington Redskins Quarterback Jason Campbell, Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, and PGA pro Mike Weir at the Congressional Country Club as part of the Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am during the AT&T National.
(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)


Wednesday July 1st, 2009 – Washington, D.C.- Washington Capitals coach BRUCE BOUDREAU plays a round of golf with Washington Redskins team members Antwaan Randle El and Jason Campbell at the Congressional Country Club as part of the Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am during the AT&T National.
(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMAPress)
Wednesday July 1st, 2009 – Washington, D.C.- PGA player KJ CHOI plays a round with Denny Sanford, Catherine Colburn and Harry Martin during the Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am round as part of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club
(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday July 1st, 2009 – Washington, D.C.- TONY ROMO (left) shares a laugh with TIGER WOODS, and his caddy STEVE WILLIAMS during the Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am round as part of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club. Romo and Woods were paired with House Minority Leader John Boehner, and Tom Dundon President and CEO of Drive Financial and Santander Consumer USA.
(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
Wednesday July 1st, 2009 – Washington, D.C.- TONY ROMO tees off during the Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am round as part of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club. Romo played in a foursome that included Tiger Woods, House Minority Leader John Boehner, and Tom Dundon President and CEO of Drive Financial and Santander Consumer USA.
(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday July 1st, 2009 – Washington, D.C.- TIGER WOODS shares a laugh with Dallas Cowboys Quarterback TONY ROMO during the Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am round as part of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club. Woods and Romo were paired with House Minority Leader John Boehner, and Tom Dundon President and CEO of Drive Financial and Santander Consumer USA.
(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMAPress)


Wednesday July 1st, 2009 – Washington, D.C.- JESSICA SIMPSON sings at the opening ceremony for the 2009 AT&T National. Her boyfriend Tony Romo played a round of golf today at the Congressional Country Club with Tiger Woods.
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Wednesday July 1st, 2009 – Washington, D.C.- TIGER WOODS and wife ELIN NORDEGREN WOODS attend the opening ceremony for the AT&T National hosted by husband Tiger Woods.
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Wednesday July 1st, 2009 – Washington, D.C.- JESSICA SIMPSON sings at the opening ceremony for the 2009 AT&T National. Her boyfriend Tony Romo played a round of golf today at the Congressional Country Club with Tiger Woods.

(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMAPress)


Wednesday July 1st, 2009 – Washington, D.C.- TIGER WOODS along with two members of the Wounded Warrior Project participate in the ceremonial first shot of the AT&T National during the opening ceremony for the tournament held at Congressional Country Club.
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Wednesday July 1st, 2009 – Washington, D.C.- A Member of the 101st Airborne Parachute Demonstration Team parachute onto Congressional Country Club’s first hole during the opening ceremony of the AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods
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Wednesday July 1st, 2009 – Washington, D.C.- TONY ROMO and JESSICA SIMPSON pose for a photo with TIGER WOODS after the opening ceremony for the 2009 AT&T National. Romo had just finished a round of golf with Woods at the Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am.
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Wednesday July 1st, 2009 – Washington, D.C.- TONY ROMO and JESSICA SIMPSON during the opening ceremony for the 2009 AT&T National. Romo had just finished a round of golf with Tiger Woods at the Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am.
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Friday July 3rd, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – TIGER WOODS tees off on hole #10 during the 2nd round of the AT&T National held at Congressional Country Club. At the time of reporting, Woods is tied for first at 9 under par.
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Friday July 3rd, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – ELIN NORDEGREN WOODS tees off of hole #11 during the 2nd round of the AT&T National held at Congressional Country Club. At the time of reporting, Woods is tied for first at 9 under par.
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Friday July 3rd, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – LUCAS GLOVER Tees off on #13 during the 2nd round of the AT&T National held at Congressional Country Club. At the time of reporting, Glover was tied for 4th at 6 under par
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Friday July 3rd, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – TIGER WOODS putts in front of the gallery on the 14th hole during the 2nd round of the AT&T National held at Congressional Country Club. At the time of reporting, Woods is tied for first at 9 under par.
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Friday July 3rd, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – ROBERT ALLENBY gets out of the rough on the 16th hole during the 2nd round of the AT&T National held at Congressional Country Club. At the time of reporting, Allenby was not on track to make the cut at three over par in 101st.
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Friday July 3rd, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – STUART APPLEBY on the 16th hole during the 2nd round of the AT&T National held at Congressional Country Club. At the time of reporting, Appleby was tied for 8th at 4 under par.
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Friday July 3rd, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – VIJAY SINGH tees off on hole #18 during the 2nd round of the AT&T National held at Congressional Country Club. At the time of reporting, Singh was tied for 15th at 2 under par.
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Friday July 3rd, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – ANTHONY KIM tees off on the 3rd hole during the 2nd round of the AT&T National held at Congressional Country Club. At the time of reporting, Kim was tied for 2nd at 9 under par thru 5 holes.
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Sunday July 5th, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – The trophy for the AT&T National PGA event sits outside of the first hole at Congressional Country Club.
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Sunday July 5th, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – TIGER WOODS ties his shoes on the first hole in the final round of play at the AT&T National Held at Congressional Country Club.
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Sunday July 5th, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – TIGER WOODS reacts to a bad shot during the final round of play at the AT&T National Held at Congressional Country Club.
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Sunday July 5th, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – RYUJI IMADA speaks with LUCAS GLOVER on the first hole during the final round of play at the AT&T National held at Congressional Country Club.
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Sunday July 5th, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – JIM FURYK on the first hole during the final round of play at the AT&T National held at Congressional Country Club.
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Sunday July 5th, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland -TIGER WOODS during the final round of play at the AT&T National Held at Congressional Country Club. Woods took home his 68th career PGA Tour victory at Congressional Country Club finishing 13 under par.
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Sunday July 5th, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland -TIGER WOODS and caddy STEVE WILLIAMS during the final round of play at the AT&T National Held at Congressional Country Club. Woods took home his 68th career PGA Tour victory at Congressional Country Club finishing 13 under par.
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Sunday July 5th, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland -TIGER WOODS eyes up a putt during the final round of play at the AT&T National Held at Congressional Country Club. Woods took home his 68th career PGA Tour victory at Congressional Country Club finishing 13 under par.
(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Sunday July 5th, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland – TIGER WOODS tees off on hole 10 during the final round of play at the AT&T National Held at Congressional Country Club.
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Sunday July 5th, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland -TIGER WOODS celebrates his 68th career PGA Tour victory on the 18th green at Congressional Country Club after winning the AT&T National at 13 under par.
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Sunday July 5th, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland -TIGER WOODS celebrates his 68th career PGA Tour victory on the 18th green at Congressional Country Club after winning the AT&T National at 13 under par.
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Sunday July 5th, 2009 – Bethesda, Maryland -TIGER WOODS celebrates his 68th career PGA Tour victory on the 18th green at Congressional Country Club after winning the AT&T National at 13 under par.
(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Preakness Coverage

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, I dont think I need to go over the story lines here… enjoy!
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas' Preakness horse Flying Private grazes outside of the stable at Pimlico race track.  Lukas had his horses, Flying Private and Luv Gov, jog around Pimlico early Wednesday morning. The pair shipped in from Churchill Downs Tuesday, a van ride that took about 12 hours..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas' Preakness horse Flying Private grazes outside of the stable at Pimlico race track. Lukas had his horses, Flying Private and Luv Gov, jog around Pimlico early Wednesday morning. The pair shipped in from Churchill Downs Tuesday, a van ride that took about 12 hours.. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  CHIP WOOLLEY's crutches stick out of the Barn where his Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird is stabled at Pimlico readying for the Preakness.  .   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: CHIP WOOLLEY's crutches stick out of the Barn where his Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird is stabled at Pimlico readying for the Preakness. . (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Pioneer of the Nile's Trainer BOB BAFFERT (left) talks with CHIP WOOLLEY, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the stable at Pimlico racetrack.  .   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Pioneer of the Nile's Trainer BOB BAFFERT (left) talks with CHIP WOOLLEY, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the stable at Pimlico racetrack. . (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  CHIP WOOLLEY, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the stable at Pimlico racetrack.  .   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: CHIP WOOLLEY, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the stable at Pimlico racetrack. . (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Preakness favorite Rachel Alexandra arrives at Pimlico race track.  Rachel Alexandra was formally entered in the Preakness Wednesday morning. The ownership group of Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and Harold T. McCormick paid the $100,000 supplemental entry fee to make her eligible for the Triple Crown races. She will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Preakness favorite Rachel Alexandra arrives at Pimlico race track. Rachel Alexandra was formally entered in the Preakness Wednesday morning. The ownership group of Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and Harold T. McCormick paid the $100,000 supplemental entry fee to make her eligible for the Triple Crown races. She will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999.. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Preakness favorite Rachel Alexandra arrives at Pimlico race track.  Rachel Alexandra was formally entered in the Preakness Wednesday morning. The ownership group of Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and Harold T. McCormick paid the $100,000 supplemental entry fee to make her eligible for the Triple Crown races. She will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Preakness favorite Rachel Alexandra arrives at Pimlico race track. Rachel Alexandra was formally entered in the Preakness Wednesday morning. The ownership group of Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and Harold T. McCormick paid the $100,000 supplemental entry fee to make her eligible for the Triple Crown races. She will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999.. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Preakness favorite Rachel Alexandra arrives at Pimlico race track.  Rachel Alexandra was formally entered in the Preakness Wednesday morning. The ownership group of Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and Harold T. McCormick paid the $100,000 supplemental entry fee to make her eligible for the Triple Crown races. She will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Preakness favorite Rachel Alexandra arrives at Pimlico race track. Rachel Alexandra was formally entered in the Preakness Wednesday morning. The ownership group of Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and Harold T. McCormick paid the $100,000 supplemental entry fee to make her eligible for the Triple Crown races. She will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999.. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird works out on the track at Pimlico in the early morning.  Trained by Chip Woolley, Mine That Bird was a 50/1 long shot to win the Derby, and bettors are now thinking the win was only a fluke..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird works out on the track at Pimlico in the early morning. Trained by Chip Woolley, Mine That Bird was a 50/1 long shot to win the Derby, and bettors are now thinking the win was only a fluke.. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Trainer LARRY JONES gets Friesan Fire gets ready to head out to the track at Pimlico for a morning workout.  Trained by Larry Jones, Friesan Fire suffered cuts on his legs in the Derby which caused his Jockey to coast him into a 18th place finish.  ..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Trainer LARRY JONES gets Friesan Fire gets ready to head out to the track at Pimlico for a morning workout. Trained by Larry Jones, Friesan Fire suffered cuts on his legs in the Derby which caused his Jockey to coast him into a 18th place finish. .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland: BOB BAFFERT watches his horse, Pioneer of the Nile during a morning workout at Pimlico...   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: BOB BAFFERT watches his horse, Pioneer of the Nile during a morning workout at Pimlico… (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Friesan Fire during a morning workout at Pimlico in advance of the Preakness.  Trained by Larry Jones, Friesan Fire suffered cuts on his legs in the Derby which caused his Jockey to coast him into a 18th place finish.  ..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Friesan Fire during a morning workout at Pimlico in advance of the Preakness. Trained by Larry Jones, Friesan Fire suffered cuts on his legs in the Derby which caused his Jockey to coast him into a 18th place finish. .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  D. WAYNE LUKAS trainer of Preakness horses Flying Private and Luv Gov speaks to the media outside of the Barn at Pimlico. ..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: D. WAYNE LUKAS trainer of Preakness horses Flying Private and Luv Gov speaks to the media outside of the Barn at Pimlico. .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra works out at Pimlico on a foggy morning the day before the Preakness Stakes.  Rachel Alexandra will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999...   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra works out at Pimlico on a foggy morning the day before the Preakness Stakes. Rachel Alexandra will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999… (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra returns to the barn with a lead pony following a foggy morning workout the day before the Preakness Stakes.  Rachel Alexandra will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999...   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra returns to the barn with a lead pony following a foggy morning workout the day before the Preakness Stakes. Rachel Alexandra will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999… (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra gets a bath following a foggy morning workout the day before the Preakness Stakes.  Rachel Alexandra will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999...   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra gets a bath following a foggy morning workout the day before the Preakness Stakes. Rachel Alexandra will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999… (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Trainer LARRY JONES stops for a photo in the barn at Pimlico following a morning workout for his horse, Friesan Fire.  Friesan Fire suffered cuts on his legs in the Derby which caused his Jockey to coast him into a 18th place finish, but Jones is confident he is ready to race in the Preakness.  ..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Trainer LARRY JONES stops for a photo in the barn at Pimlico following a morning workout for his horse, Friesan Fire. Friesan Fire suffered cuts on his legs in the Derby which caused his Jockey to coast him into a 18th place finish, but Jones is confident he is ready to race in the Preakness. .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Jockey CALVIN BOREL.rides Rachel Alexandra to the starting gate for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.  Borel Rode Rachel Alexandra to a first place finish.  achel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924.....   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)Saturday, May 16th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Jockey CALVIN BOREL.rides Rachel Alexandra to the starting gate for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Borel Rode Rachel Alexandra to a first place finish. achel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924….. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)[/caption]

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Rachel Alexandra and jockey CALVIN BOREL leads the field into the first turn of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.  Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924....   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Rachel Alexandra and jockey CALVIN BOREL leads the field into the first turn of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924…. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Rachel Alexandra and jockey CALVIN BOREL cross the finish line first in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.  Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924....   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Rachel Alexandra and jockey CALVIN BOREL cross the finish line first in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924…. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Rachel Alexandra and jockey CALVIN BOREL cross the finish line first in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.  Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924....   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Rachel Alexandra and jockey CALVIN BOREL cross the finish line first in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924…. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Rachel Alexandra has fun with the cameras as her legs are washed down following her win at the Preakness Stakes.  Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924....   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Rachel Alexandra has fun with the cameras as her legs are washed down following her win at the Preakness Stakes. Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924…. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

— NOTE — I feel like I should have captioned this something like this: Giving an interview to the press following her win at Preakness, Rachel Alexandra responds to a reporter asking her if she had anything she wanted to say to her male counterparts after taking home the big win.