The unusual color photographs on these eight pages show the first two seconds of a horse race, tactically significant seconds when the action of the jockey and his horse can win—or lose—a race. Just before the start there is a sudden hush, a strange quiet. Then the bell rings, the gate flies open, the jockeys shout and the horses are off on their hard, frantic charge for the money.

Clang! The jarring sound of the bell signals that the barred doors to the starting stalls have snapped open. The race is on

Break! In wild chorus the jockeys shout and scream as their mounts thrust out from the gate

Drive! The wild tangle of horses and jockeys moves swiftly away after the all-important break

Dig in! In full stride now, the 1,000-pound bodies race ahead on sliver-thin, quick-stepping legs