Keeneland Opening Weekend: Through the Eyes & Lens of Holly M. Smith

(The beautiful Current and rider Jose Ortiz celebrate their last second win / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

What a beautiful weekend. Wonderful racing. Magnificent weather. Gorgeous Keeneland Race Course. The perfect setting for Holly M. Smith — our resident camera expert — to capture the amazing world of Thoroughbred racing through the lens of her camera and her own eye.

Here’s a glimpse:


He doesn’t have to hook up with the speed. He doesn’t have to set the pace and I think now he can settle back a little bit and then he finds the last kick,” said Castellano. “[It was] very impressive today the way he performed. I could have opened up by 10, but he is a great horse and I enjoyed the ride.”

Javier Castellano, Rider of the winner Imperial Hint
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    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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