UPDATED / Thanksgiving Day Photos: Through the Eyes & Lens of Our Very Own Holly M. Smith

(Mylady Curling gets all the love after winning the G2 Falls City Handicap / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Tiz the Law in his stall / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

I have to say, and, more accurately, write, that one of the things that I am most grateful for this year is getting to know our very own Holly M. Smith — who we have borrowed from her mother, Becky, and have borrowed the amazing photographs that Holly has captured all year long.

We like to refer to Holly as “Always Working.” That’s because she always is. And, she’s always there. And, she’s always reliable. And, she’s always very, very good at capturing both the action and the mood.

Holly’s eye for the right “shot” is amazing. But her ability to steal the moment and allow us to relive those over, and over, and over is her gift.

She can look into the eye of a Thoroughbred and capture the soul.

She can look at the intensity of a race and capture the muscle, grit, determination and the soul.

She can look at the rider and capture the athleticism, the courage and the soul.

She can look at the world and see all that is good in the person; in the horse; in the bond of the two. And, of course, the souls of both.

We are so lucky to know Holly. We are luckier that Holly provides us with some of the most amazing photographs that we can share with you all. Most of all, though, we are so very thankful this Thanksgiving Day, that we can now call Holly “friend.” She is really nice. She is really talented. And, she has such a great soul.

Here’s her latest looks, on this Thanksgiving Day:

(Tiz the Law, who may be one of the most talented 2YO colts in all of the land, has arrived at Churchill Downs to run this week. His eye and his blaze caught Holly’s attention)

(Winter Sunset is a gorgeous gray. Hard not to love this lady)

(Kallio wins at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

(Starship Jubilee heads to the track / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Mylady Curlin, her trainer Brad Cox dance all the way to the wire and the winner’s circle / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

(Go Google Yourself heads to the track / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Blended Citizen wins at Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Fans have the cell phones out to capture a few photos of their own / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Rare Form in the paddock / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Owendale schools in the paddock on Thursday / 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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