First Race (2003)

Greg Montgomery

First Race (2003)
  • First Race (2003)
  • First Race (2003)
  • $200.00

There are many places to watch the famous thoroughbred action in Saratoga, but to my mind, Saratoga’s classic clubhouse is the best. High above it all, the three-tiered Turf Terrace is the place to see and be seen while you enjoy food and friends. Before you lay all the action, the colors, and the fashionable crowds of August. All against the backdrop of a rich green infield with its lake and trees and the hedgerows of the turf course. This is a world-class view of one of the world’s great racetracks.

This poster was originally designed with only three people in it — the three at the first table. I carefully placed them; turning their heads and chairs and hats. I used subtle colors that were stylish but wouldn't distract from where I really wanted you to look — toward the lead thoroughbred, racing down the stretch. It worked beautifully. I looked where they were looking — instantly. Everything was clean and simple.

So I showed the piece to friends and colleagues. Their response was pretty unanimous and troubling. Everyone thought it was “great, but why is the place so empty?” Hmmm. What looked to me as "uncluttered" looked to almost everyone else as “unattended.” So I brought some more people into the picture. Even the Lady in Red made an appearance. But I still wanted to keep the true focus on the racing horses — the stars of the show.

Production Details:
This is the 18th poster in The Colors of Racing poster series.
17" x 33" (43.2 cm x 83.8 cm) Limited Edition (The Travers/Saratoga posters are never reprinted)
Paper: Strobe 80 lb. dull cover
Inks: Four colors plus off-line varnish
Typeface: Adobe Garamond

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