Derby 145

Five days post Derby, I sit here trying to put my thoughts together in an allergy induced fog(thank you Kentucky). Derby 145 was a wild one and people are still talking about it almost a week later! Generally, when I am covering a large event, I not only take photos with my camera but also post on social media either on my accounts or for whomever I am working for.  This means of the 10,000 or so photos I take during derby week, only a few are edited and posted. Once I am somewhat less sleep deprived and have eaten a few meals like a normal person, I go back through, edit and pull my favorite images from the week. Sometimes i’m drawn to a photo because of the people or horse, sometimes it’s just really great light.  My goal is to tell a story, maybe one that not everyone sees.

Covering the Kentucky Derby is an honor and pleasure(yes even in the pouring rain).  People will often ask how I got into horse racing/photography and being credentialed for such large events.  For me, it was first the love of horses, then photography and then breaking into racing just a few years ago.

I saw this as I was trying to write and obsessively checking Facebook and Twitter  instead of writing “ Dream so big your problems seems small” I’ve been able to check a few things off my horse racing bucket list the past few years and meet some great people along the way.

Want to chat photography or horses? Find me on Twitter @kyholmarie or Instagram @hmsphotoky

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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