I love it when a photographer catches a little moment like this that helps us identify with a subject. Having been to a zillion horse races in my lifetime including the Kentucky Derby, Breeders' Cup Championship Day and meets at Del Mar and Saratoga, I feel like I totally know what this woman is going through based on a captured instant. It's tough to keep a hat, makeup and dress together when you're out in the blazing heat, freezing cold or pouring rain, particularly when you don't want to wade through a bunch of people to a crowded ladies room to readjust.
A woman adjusts her makeup during the Ahlan style event in the International Village, ahead of the Dubai World Cup March 29, 2008. The Dubai World Cup, with a cash prize of $6 million, is horse racing's richest prize.