(Nash gallops over the Churchill Downs track / All Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

At this time of year, all attention turns to, truly, only one racetrack in the world. It’s not in Dubai, or Florida, or California. It’s in Kentucky. It’s in Louisville. And, it’s the magnificent new and traditionally old Churchill Downs.

And, at this time of year, all attention turns to the horses that will be running at Churchill Downs, some of which are being pointed to the 150th Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.

We are lucky enough to have a great friend who just so happens to turn her attention to the same place; the same horses; the same historic event.

We are lucky enough to share some of our great friend’s photos, as the track prepares for history. Again.

Here’s Churchill Downs this Spring through the eyes and lens of the talented, gifted and, oh so nice, Holly M. Smith:

Chestnuts Roasting: 


Passing Time: 

Everso Mischievous 

Nash: Before & After: 


Honor Marie: 

Wash Time: 

Making Time: 

Cat Nap Time: 

Rest Time: 

Work Time: 

Gorilla Trek: 

The Eyes Have It:

Buhu & Gorilla Trek: 

One of Trainer Eddie Kennelly’s Steeds: 

Tail Winds