UPDATED: A Look Through The Eyes & Lens of Holly M. Smith: Mia Mischief’s Win in Roxelana Stakes & Divine Queen

(Divine Queen & jockey Calvin Borel head into the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs on Saturday / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

It was billed as a showdown between the up and coming Covfefe and the brilliant, older speedster Mia Mischief. It was billed as a true showdown of speed and spirit. It was billed as drama.

So much for billings.

Mia Mischief dispatched billings and drama. And, ultimately, she dispatched Covfefe in the Roxelana Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday, too.

Here’s a look: Through the Eyes and Lens of our very own special friend and photographer, Holly M. Smith.

(Mia Mischief is the lady of the day / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

(Covfefe in the post parade / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Mia Mischief gives trainer Steve Asmussen reasons to smile on Saturday / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

More Divine Queen:

(Photos by Holly M. Smith)

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
  • Holly M. Smith

    Holly M. Smith

    Holly is a freelance photographer based in Louisville. While she maintains a full time job outside of the thoroughbred/horse industry she spends most of her free time around the racetrack. Horses and photography have been a part of Holly's life going all the way back to elementary school. In 2015 ...

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