Justify Arrives Back at Churchill Downs on Monday, June 11: Thru the Eyes of Holly M. Smith

Holly M. Smith, a fabulous equine photographer, was at Churchill Downs today when the undefeated Triple Crown Champion Justify arrived back “home.” Along for the trip was Assistant Trainer Jimmy Barnes and Justify’s traveling buddy — Sunny.

Here is what some of it looked like — through the eyes of Holly M. Smith:

Simon [Cirsford, trainer] was always very confident of riding a horse positively and he’s a real honest, game horse, and I thought there was a chance that everyone was going to be looking at each other and that no one really wanted the lead,” said William Buick, who rode Century Dream. “We were kind of an underdog in the race so I figured we’d try our best and make something of it.”

William Buick, Rider of Century Dream
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