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Mike Smith Optimistic With ‘Now Horse’ Omaha Beach

Mike Smith stunned the racing world in 2005 when he piloted Giacamo to a 50-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby, although it was no great surprise to him. If he wins the Kentucky Derby on Omaha Beach in less than two weeks, May 4 to be exact, it will have minimal shock value both in the […]

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Horsemen, Jockeys Begin Santa Anita Meet With Excitement, High Hopes

With the San Gabriel Mountains offering varying shades of green from recent rains, Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., was abuzz with activity Wednesday morning as The Great Race Place readied for its 82nd Winter Meet opener.  Sunrise revealed clear blue skies and a temperature at Clockers’ Corner of 43 degrees as horsemen, mindful of an early […]

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Smith Believes Justify Has The ‘Kind Of Talent’ To Take The Run For The Roses

Mike Smith appears to be in the enviable position of riding favored Justify in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, in addition to second choice Midnight Bisou in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks. But with chalk winning nationally at about 30 percent, that leaves a 70 percent chance for an upset. Either way, the cool and collected Smith, a member […]

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Drayden Van Dyke Two Months Away From Return To The Saddle

Drayden Van Dyke, the nation’s Eclipse Award winner as outstanding apprentice of 2014, is expected to resume riding in two months after recovering from a major injury in a spill at Santa Anita in the fourth race on Jan. 26, suffering “an open break” in which the bone went through the skin on his right […]

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Van Dyke Plans To ‘Take His Time’ After Surgery For Broken Arm

Drayden Van Dyke was doing well at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena Sunday recovering from surgery on his broken right arm suffered when the 22-year-old rider was involved in a two-horse spill at Santa Anita in Thursday’s fourth race. “He’s resting, he’s got a right forearm fracture and he’ll take his time and let it […]

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Smith: Breeders’ Cup Success Takes Planning

Mike Smith has 20 Breeders’ Cup victories, more than any jockey. Retired Hall of Fame riding great Jerry Bailey has 15, and John Velazquez 12, second to Smith among active riders. Smith, inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in 2003, attributes his success to more than skill, luck and longevity. How about favorable circumstances? “It’s […]

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Martin Garcia Sparks Game of Musical Agents

Martin Garcia, currently sixth in the Betfair Hollywood Park jockey standings with seven victories, has parted ways with agent Jim Pegram. Garcia will now be represented by Pegram’s son Brad. “Brad called me about taking Martin’s book,” said Jim. “He was a little hesitant. I told him go ahead and take him. He’s a live […]

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Mike Smith gets career win 5,000 aboard champion Amazombie

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith became the 25th North American to reach 5,000 careers when he guided sprint champion Amazombie to a victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 Potrero Grande Stakes, defeating the front-running Roman Threat by a well-measured three-quarters of a length under a polished hand ride. Camp Victory finished third, and the time […]

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