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


Everyone at the end of the day is only going to remember the Kentucky Derby winner as the most important horse now, but the one thing that I’ve seen over the years, and we’ve been fortunate to win a lot of the prep races and two Derbys now, I think the excitement level for the owners is that this is what really drives them, this is what motivates them, this is what excites them. These are the races they want to win. To get to Churchill I think is kind of everyone’s ultimate goal or ultimate dream. It was similar to what we did with Always Dreaming last year. We knew we had to perform well in the Florida Derby or we weren’t going to accumulate enough points to get in, but we also all felt like if you don’t run well in your final prep then you’re probably not going to Churchill anyway. The most important thing is we thought he ran a huge race in the Holy Bull, we didn’t feel that there was a benefit to running him back in between, that we could hopefully take another step forward by giving him some space between those races and the fact that the Florida Derby is a Grade 1 is super-important to a stallion like he’s going to be.”

Todd Pletcher, Trainer of winner Audible in Florida Derby