Churchill Downs’ Sloppy Saturday: Through the Eyes & Lens of Holly M. Smith

(Silver Prospector stole the show on Saturday, rallying late to capture the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

It was a dreary, cold, wet and mucky day at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Just perfect for racing. Just perfect for Holly M. Smith. Just perfect for some world class photo opps.

Here’s a look, from our “just perfect” Holly M. Smith:

(South Bend couldn’t last in the stretch and suffered his first career loss in 4 starts / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

(Tiz the Law has the look of a horse that will return to Churchill Downs in May / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

(Bayerness on Saturday / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

(Blackberry Wine / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(The grand Finite was spectacular — again / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

(Finnick the Fierce ran 2nd at a huge price in the KY Jockey Club / Photo 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
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