The Breeders’ Cup: Through the Eyes and Lens of “Our Own” Holly M. Smith

One of the greatest pleasures on Earth, I am convinced, is getting introduced and getting to know people that you have previously not been acquainted with or known. It opens so many doors, and eyes, and imaginations.

Such has been the case and pleasure this Spring, Summer and now Fall with Holly M. Smith. One of the nicest people I have ever had the chance to meet, and now call “friend.” I even refer to her now as “our own,” as you can tell in the headline.

But what makes Holly so very special is a personality, and smile that matches her amazing talent to capture — on camera — the best Thoroughbreds in the whole, wide world. She does so in a way that also captures their heart and soul. And, she does in such a way that it captures your heart and soul, too.

And, in her own special way, she introduces you to her friends — the horses.

Here is her look at Breeders’ Cup Week. I hope you enjoy her vision as much as we do:

(The great Enable, in the top left corner, along with Will Call, on the top right)

(Yoshida, on the far left in the middle row; with a goat from the barn of W. Bret Calhoun; and the grand Bellafina on the far right)

(HOFer Bob Baffert talks about Game Winner; Lone Sailor schools in the paddock; and My Gal Betty is just so pretty)

Now, the horizontal looks:

(The morning fog introduced us all to Churchill Downs in November; and majesty caught in black & white)

(Promises Fulfilled comes at you; and Monomoy Girl runs away from you — and everyone else, for that matter)

(And, the gritty, gutty Bucchero)

Thanks, Holly, for all the glimpses of greatness.

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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    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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