Mr. Dumas Captures the G3 Commonwealth Turf on a Beautiful Saturday Night at Churchill Downs: Captured Through the Eyes & Lens of Holly M. Smith

Editor’s Note:

One of the hardest jobs that I have these days is picking out which one of Holly’s photos to put on the “Home Page” of The Pressbox. 


I look at one, and I say to myself: “Oh, this is it.”

Until I take a gander at the next one that she sends to me. Then?

The dilemma is on.

If you know me by now, I am a sucker for the beautiful things in life. My wife is one example of that. Beautiful. Inside and out. But I also relish the beauty of so many other things.

Like the beauty of the horse. In full stride. In full effort. In full gear. Holly captures that.

Like the beauty of a sunset. In full recline. In full color. In full retreat. Holly gets that, too.

Like the beauty of a winner’s circle photo. People celebrating both horse and moment. Smiles. Cheers. High Fives. Fun. Holly really gets that.

On Saturday night, Holly got it all. Rolled into one.

Here’s a look:

(Mr. Dumas wins the G3 Commonwealth Turf at Churchill Downs on a beautiful Saturday night / 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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