A Look at Stephen Foster Night Through the Eyes & Lens of Holly M. Smith

(Seeking the Soul winning the G2 Stephen Foster Stakes on Saturday night / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Holly M. Smith is one of the best young equine photographers in the game today, and we had the pleasure of teaming up with her on Stephen Foster Night at Churchill Downs.

She caught all the glamour. She captured much of the glory. And, she sought and found the soul of Seeking the Soul and his magnificent performance to win the G2 Stephen Foster Stakes to highlight the night’s activities.

Here’s a closer look at the full views — as seen through the eyes and lens of our favorite friend and photographer:

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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