Spectacular Keeneland: A Look Through the Eyes & Lens of the Spectacular Holly M. Smith

(Brad Cox has a “Keeneland Look” / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

What a wonderful weekend to kick-start the Keeneland October Race Meet. Some wonderful horses. Some wonderful races. Some wonderful finishes.

And, some wonderful opportunities to capture it all in wonderful photos.

They have always said that a picture is worth a thousand words. I’m a firm believer that is true. So, here’s, well, about a million words worth. From our very own Holly M. Smith:

(Trainer Brendan Walsh after Maxfield’s victory in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Awesometank getting saddled in the Keeneland saddling area / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Awesometank is a beauty / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Blue Prize and jockey Joe Bravo head to the winner’s circle after the G1 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes — for the second straight year / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Is racing truly “dying” as some suggest? Really? Maybe it’s time to accentuate the positive. Right? / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(One of the greatest places on Planet Earth / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Next Shares sparkles under the sun / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Engage was truly engaging / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Glorious / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Smiles for Peace Achieved / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Jockey Mitchell Murrell stands out from the crowd / Photo 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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