(Argumental in the paddock at Churchill Downs / Phots by Holly M. Smith)

(Mandaloun has returned to the barn of trainer Brad Cox and should be returning to the races soon / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

Being a photographer that loves horses racing means that you must love the racetrack, too. Love the morning training hours. Love the afternoon races. Love the horses working. Love the horses training. Love the horses racing.

It just means you love watching and captures some of the greatest images in all of sports.

And, it means you don’t love a lot of sleep or a lot of time at home, too.

Here’s a few looks from our very own Holly M. Smith. Some in the morning. Some in the afternoon. All in the eye of this beholder is lovely.

Future KY Derby Winner Mandaloun:

Minnesota Ready:

Hall of Fame Conversation:

To the Victor, Belongs…


Call Me Midnight:



Mask Patrol:

Break Curfew:

Raceday Attire: 

Icy Stare Down:


Armbands Honor Fallen Jockey Miguel Mena:

Backyard Money:

Raceday Attire:


Joel Rosario:

Ginnsu Warrior:

Charter Oak:

A Trip to the Post:

Song River:

Minnesota Ready:


Girl With A Dream:

Bell’s the One…the only one…