Why Own a Racehorse: Holly M. Smith Photos Tell You Why

(Eddie uses his own comb to help “pretty up” his new best friend — Seek N Justice — at the barn of Buff Bradley)

If you ever want to get a great photograph of a horse, just give Holly M. Smith a call. Or, better yet, just run into the lovely lady on the backside of a racetrack near you.

You will see her, if you look hard enough. She is the little, likable lady with the camera hanging around her neck and the smile hanging on her face.

She absolutely loves what she does. And, it shows. For a lifetime, it shows. If pictures can tell a thousand words, then her photos are worth millions. Unlike any person I have ever known, the camera is like a paintbrush in her hand.

While the Native American may have thought that the camera stole the soul, Holly M. Smith steals the show. With a snap of her finger, she captures the heart. With a instant push of a button, she can brushstroke the subject. With just a second in time, she can give you something that can last a lifetime.

The other morning, as I was walking back to the barn with Seek N Justice — our 2-year-old colt who was making his first trip to the Churchill Downs track — I ran into Holly. I waved and asked her over to meet our newest student to the game.

It didn’t take long before Holly, with camera in hand, was at work. And, here is what she captured, in addition to magic:

(Seek N Justice with his newest, best friend Eddie)

(First bath)

(What a look)

(Colt and Friend)

Thank you Holly M. Smith. You capture it all.


Going into the far turn, I was in tight, but I had to wait because I thought those horses were moving a little early.  When we left the quarter pole, I asked him and he really picked it up.  I thought those horses would come back to me and we would win easy, but (Dessman) kept fighting and it was close.  I knew he had run well with Gary (Stevens, recently retired Hall of Famer) and I’m happy with the way he ran today.  He was comfortable sitting in behind those horses and I like the way he picked it up when I asked him to go.”

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    Gene McLean

    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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