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:

In mid-stretch, I was worried that she wouldn’t get there, especially when she didn’t want to get her correct lead in the lane,” said Brown. “When Johnny finally got her there, I could see her surging. It was a matter of being on the right side of that photo. Luckily, she got there.”

“She broke better than her last start,” Brown noted. “She ran a cleaner race at a shorter distance and got up in time. It’s frustrating that she’ll put herself in that position early, but that’s her. Even before she arrived to my barn, that was her running style – coming from behind. She has a lot of heart and a lot of class. This isn’t her ideal distance, nor was the mile and a sixteenth in the Jenny Wiley. But just with sheer class, heart and ability, she can do it.”

Chad Brown, Trainer of the winner
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