<BR>The Eclipse Award-winning photograph.

The Eclipse Award-winning photograph.

Jamie Radosevich-Hernandez/Reed Palmer Photography

Photography Eclipse to Radosevich-Hernandez

Photograph shows Wise Dan racing to the wire in Firecracker Handicap.

Jamie Radosevich-Hernandez of Louisville, Ky., has won the 2013 Eclipse Award for photography for her picture of Wise Dan racing to the finish line in an evening rainstorm in the Firecracker Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

The photo of the 2012 Horse of Year, ridden by John Velazquez, appeared on the USA Today website June 30, 2013, and in the print edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

This is the first Eclipse Award for Hernandez, 28, who is married to jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., winner of the Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice jockey in 2004.

Hernandez will receive her honor at the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony, which will be held at Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino on Jan. 18.

"I am truly humbled by winning the Eclipse Award," said Hernandez, who is the daughter of veteran Ohio trainer Jake Radosevich and Shelly Radosevich. "I grew up in horse racing. As a youngster we traveled a great deal and I developed a passion for the horses. Now I am enjoying my second career." 

Radosevich-Hernandez had previously worked as an assistant to Steve Asmussen and, for 1 1/2 years, assistant to Steve Margolis while traveling to Delaware and the East Coast with her husband.

The winning photo was taken with a Canon Mark IV with a 70-200 lens. It can be seen here.

Radosevich-Hernandez, on assignment for Reed Palmer Photography, positioned herself on a ladder on the inside rail of the Matt Winn Turf Course and photographed Wise Dan right before his nose hit the wire. Ironically, Brian Hernandez, aboard the 4-year-old colt Lea , finished two lengths back in second.

"It was the nastiest night of the year," said Hernandez. "There were lightning bolts around us and the reflections of the grandstand lights in the shot made the raindrops look like snow."

Honorable mention in the photography category went to two-time Eclipse Award winner Barbara Livingston for a riderless horse jumping a rail, which appeared in Daily Racing Form on July 27, and to Matt Wooley, for his picture of Fort Larned  in the stretch of the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) which appeared on the Paulick Report website June 17.

Judges in the photography category were Michael Lasky of Lasko Photography, Dan Dry of Power Creative Photography and the official Breeders' Cup photographer, and Richard Mackson of US Presswire.