Mr. Misunderstood Captures the G3 River City Stakes; Mr. Monomoy Captures the Imagination: Both Are Captured Through the Eyes & Lens of Holly M. Smith

(Mr. Misunderstood wins his 5th Stakes event at Churchill Downs in the G3 River City Stakes / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

Saturday for a day for the guys.

Or, at the very least, for the Misters, Mister.

In the G3 River City Stakes, Mr. Misunderstood split several key rivals late in the stretch to win his 5 race in 6 races over the Churchill Downs’ turf course and capture the major event of the day. He captured the Stakes.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Monomoy — a half-brother to the great champion Monomoy Girl — reminded a few of his more famous sister by running off to an impressive victory in a Maiden Special Weight race. He captured the imagination, and, still, what might be the future.

And, right there amongst them, was our own Holly M. Smith.

And, she captured them both.

The Present Star — Mr. Misunderstood.

The Future — Mr. Monomoy.

It was a day for the Misters, Mister.

(Mr. Monomoy was pretty impressive before the race, during the race and after the race at Churchill Downs on Saturday / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

(Mr. Misunderstood / 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
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