Another Look at Keeneland On Lexington Stakes Day: Through the Eyes and Lens of Holly M. Smith

(Rushing Fall loves Keeneland / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note: Holly M. Smith is a young lady that we got to meet a couple of years ago, when she was daylighting/moonlighting/working at Churchill Downs and honing her craft and professional hobby of being an equine photographer. What we found out quickly is that Holly has a great eye. What we found out most is that Holly has a great heart. She does what she loves. And, she loves what she does.

And, it shows in her personality. It shows in her work ethic. It shows in her desire to capture the moment and capture the horse. Most of it, it shows in her photos — that capture them both.

Here’s another look at Keeneland, through the eyes and lens of Holly M. Smith. This one on Saturday, April 13 and for a master day of major stakes events and top racing horses. I just love this feature. Because I love photos of Thoroughbreds, too.

Here’s Holly’s second look this meet:

(Anothertwistafate on the track at Keeneland Saturday / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Bourbon Resolution winning at Keeneland on Saturday / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Morticia comes back to win at Keeneland on Saturday / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Owendale stole the G3 Lexington Stakes and the day on Saturday / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

(The magnificent Rushing Fall dominates at Keeneland. Again. Always. / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

(Sueno on his way to the post for the G3 Lexington Stakes / 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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