Derby Week Views Through the Eyes & Lens of Holly M. Smith: “The Draw”

Our very own — well, I like to call her “our very own,” because she is so sweet, talented and the hardest worker this side of Win Win Win — gets her take on the Kentucky Derby Draw:

(Joe Kristufek readies for the broadcast of Tuesday’s Kentucky Derby draw / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Bill Mott, baseball hat in the middle, takes copious notes of the draw / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Definition of Excitement & Anticipation / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Pomp & circumstance / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

(Glamour, beauty and drama / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

(Present and accounted for…a Ky Derby would not be a KY Derby without the “pill draw” and “The Ambassador” John Asher / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

(Churchill Downs track announcer Travis Stone and the KY Derby Trophy. Both strike a wonder pose / 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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