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Updated 6/23/10

The Del Mar Race Track Racing Scene - Paintings with the Spirit of the Industry

Del Mar Race Track and the Del Mar backstretch paintings are shown below by artist Elin Pendleton, full member of the American Academy of Equine Art.

"Washing the Favorite" , I retrieved a canvas and brought this one to life on a 12 x 12 inch box canvas.  
    12 x 12 inches, on gallery-wrap (no framing needed) and I'm enjoying the painting of human figures these few days.  $400

"Workout" Just a little quick study in acrylics to focus on the contrast of light. I see places where I'll continue to tweak it. When I start putting these back on ebay toward the end of this month, it will look quite a bit different! Original acrylic 5 x 7 inches on board. $125
"Heading to the Tunnel" Time to paint a scene from the Del Mar Race Track again. From the Clubhouse, one can look down on the field heading for the track below. The out rider brings up the rear Original oil, 6 x 12 inches. NEWSFLASH! This image is being used on the VIP passes for the 2007 racing season! US $495 Contact Elin or
"Checking the Overnighters, Del Mar" The pony boys and pony girls at Del Mar need to know what horse they are going to take to the starting gate for each race. The paperwork that they receive is called the "overnighter", and on this day, it is pink. This scene is found at the right (east) end of the grandstand area, and the small stadioum seating behind the rider is for the support people to watch the race. The track is behind this fence. Original oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches US $1000 Contact Elin or
"Jockeys Up! Del Mar Race Track" In the very familiar paddock area of Del Mar, one can see the grooms in their tunics leading the entrants for the next race on the last loop before heading through the tunnel to the track. That's Julie Krone in the green silks on Number 4! Original Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, shown in the "Equine Spirit" show at the Denver Wildlife Museum and the Kentucky Horse Park Museum of the Horse in 2004. US $ 3400 Contact Elin or
"Between Races, Del Mar" On a recent visit to Del Mar, Elis saw the outriders waiting to see whom they would escort to the starting gate. Familiar faces to folks who know Del Mar! Original Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, US $1150 Contact Elin or
"Waiting to Cross, Del Mar" From a workout morning at Del Mar Race Track, Elin took a common image to anone involved with training the thoroughbreds--crossing the track from the backstretch to the paddock area. The blue-green fence covering the wide expanse of the track coupled with the characteristic red Spanish tile roofs all say "Del Mar". Original oil on linen canvas, 12 x 16 inches, US $900 Contact Elin or
"Loading Julie, Del Mar" Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone is here with her signature peace symbol boots at Del Mar.  In the eighth race on August 13 of this year, Julie rode Modern Design, form Brian Lynch's barn. Original oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches, US $750 Contact Elin or
"Number 2, Fourth Race, Del Mar" The jockeys are up, the horses are heading for the starting gate, and here is all the color and excitement of the paddock area on Del Mar!  Original oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, unframed for US $1150 Contact Elin or
"Washing Off, Del Mar" There are three grooms attending to this top race horse, after his morning workout at Del Mar.  Buckets and water everywhere, this is a common scene in the racing world.  Original oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches frmed in silver.  US $ 500 Contact Elin or
"Gray Thoroughbred, Del Mar" This painting is featured in the Walter Foster book on painting horses in Acrylics, for the chapter on creating a focal point, and is a wonderful example of the light and color Elin uses in her paintings. Original acrylic, 16 x 20 inches. US $550 Contact Elin or
"Synchronicity, Del Mar" Two exercise riders and their mounts canter in unison during this early morning workout at Del Mar, bathed in the foggy light of the summer on the ocean.  Watching the other rider along the rail, these two veterans of many morning rides are balanced and convivial.  Original oil on canvas, 12 x 24 inches. Available for US $600 Contact Elin or
"Hat's Off for Winning Colors" Gary Stevens, one of horse racing's greatest riders of all time, comes out of retirement to ride the horses of Del Mar. Here he is after a morning workout, perhpas thinking of his last race. Original oil on board, 12 x 9 inches.  Available for US $950 Contact Elin or
"Speedy Gonzales" Walter Foster found this web site and asked her if she would like to collaborate with other authors on painting animals for a book. I submitted my materials, and the folks at WF then asked me if I'd like to be a sole author on a book on acrylics with horses as the subject! Of course I said "Yes!" Here is the first painting that has been "lessoned out" in the book, Chapter One, Horses in Motion. Original acrylic on canvas, 9 x 12 inches, $675 Contact Elin or
"2004 Pacific Classic, Pleasantly Perfect at Del Mar" A moment of racing history captured forever in this beautiful oil painting, 18 x 24 inches. My collector friends provided me with paddock images to capture this moment. This is #5 Pleasantly Perfect, the winner of the Pacific Classic race at Del Mar in the summer of 2004. Original oil, US $2100 Contact Elin or

Paintings in the hands of Collectors 

"Receiving Barn, Del Mar" Sold from the Crossgate Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky.  Original oil on board-backed canvas, 12 x 16 inches.
The Red Vest, Del Mar Original oil on canvas 12 x 16 inches in gold frame
To the Track, Del Mar   Original oil on canvas, in gold frame 9 x 12 inches.
Asking for More, Del Mar  Original oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches, in gold frame.
Eavesdropping, Del Mar  Original oil on canvas, framed in gold, 16 x 20 inches.
The Yellow Bucket, Del Mar   Original oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches in silver frame.
Morning Workout, Del Mar    Original oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches
Touchy (War Emblem, Del Mar) Oh, that famous, hot-blooded War Emblem!    Original oil on board, 12 x 9 inches 
Training in the Ways of Race Track Original oil on board, 9 x 12 inches
"Washing War Emblem, Del Mar" The beautiful and famous War Emblem, in a not-so-proud moment, getting a sponge to the face!  This stallion is so full of energy that merely giving him a bath was a challenge for the grooms.  In this painting, he has four feet on the ground--almost!  But his characteristic markings are there for those in the know--the green noseband, the star and snip on his face.  Original oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. 

In the collection of Sharon Bengston of New York.