Dogwood Stakes & The Beautiful Covfefe: Through the Eyes & Lens of Holly M. Smith

Editor’s Note:

The grand filly Covfefe, who is now the darling starlet of trainer Brad Cox’s barn with the recent injury of 2018 Champion Monomoy Girl, was as beautiful as ever on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

The 3YO fast filly — who won the G1 Test Stakes in her last start — returned home to dominate and style in the Dogwood Stakes under the Twin Spires.

There to capture the filly — in all her glory — was our very own Holly M. Smith.

This is what she saw today:

(Bell’s the One, who finished second in the Dogwood, catches the eye, as well / Photo by Holly M. Smith)


(The glorious Covfefe / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Covfefe looks even better on an easy lead and romping to the finish line / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Covfefe gets some love after the win / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Covfefe arrives in the paddock to be saddled / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Winner’s Circle celebration / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(A beautiful look at the stretch run / 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
  • 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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