Orb, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario (L), passes the famous twin spires and crosses the finish first during the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 4, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress

My most anticipated 3 seconds in sports

Its been called the most exciting two minutes in sports. For me and my colleagues its about three days of work leading up to three seconds of action as we capture the finish of the Kentucky Derby from every angle.

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Race horses cross paths during early morning workouts at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 3, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress

I hate the smell of manure in the morning

The last few days I had to adjust my central time body clock to pre-dawn eastern time wake-ups while covering my tenth Kentucky Derby. Even through I know someone who would beg to differ, I hate getting up crazy early to start work and today was one of those days.

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I’ll Have Another – Please

Yesterday was my 9th Kentucky Derby and possibly the steamiest one I remember. It was also my 13th major horse race setting up and operating multiple cameras to capture the finish. This year I used six cameras firing simultaneously to cover the race.

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What Not To Do

I’m neither the sharpest tool in the shed, nor am I some sort of savant… but I can tell you one thing you shouldn’t do. When 20 photographers are trying to shoot the favorite at the Kentucky Derby, don’t take a picture of yourself while standing in everyone’s background.

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Jockey Mike Smith aboard Drosselmeyer Louisville, Kentucky

Drosselmeyer Pulls A Classic Shocker

Former Belmont Stakes champion Drosselmeyer scored a spectacular upset in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday.

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