The Pressbox Talks With Equine Photographer Holly M Smith

The Pressbox Talks With Equine Photographer Holly M Smith. Holly is one of the best young equine photographers in the game today.

“Animals have always been a huge part of my life, especially horses.  I grew up showing Saddlebreds and I am very comfortable in the barn and around horses.  One of the most of exciting experiences I have had as a photographer is following American Pharoah during his training  for the Triple Crown at Churchill Downs.” From


We never lost confidence in her.  We worked with her and got her to run a good race today–thank God. Mike (Smith) and I both thought she went too fast early last time (when well beaten as favorite in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 4), and she didn’t finish. Today, he let her lay a little off the pace and kept her wide and she finished well.  I have confidence in Unique Bella.  She gets into it and I thought she’d beat her (Paradise Woods), and down the lane, she did it.

Jerry Hollendorfer, the trainer of Unique Bella, who won the G1 La Brea at Santa Anita on Dec. 26