Hall of Famer Mike Smith has been named to ride champion Shared Belief in the upcoming G2 Los Alamitos Derby, according to the Daily Racing Form.
It will be the first time Smith will be aboard the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee, who has been piloted by Corey Nakatani and Russell Baze in the past.
“He's a guy that does well in the big races and a great money rider,” Hollendorfer said of Smith. “We wanted to give him a shot in the race.”
The Los Alamitos Derby will be the first stakes race of the year for Shared Belief, who made a winning return to the races in late May at Golden Gate. The Los Alamitos Derby has a projected field of six, including Can the Man, Candy Boy, Friendswith K Mill, Top Fortitude, and Tonito M.
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