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‘Pretty Amazing’: Mike Smith Surpasses Jerry Bailey As All-Time Grade 1 Stakes-Winning Jockey

Mike Smith, still vanquishing Father Time at the age of 54, won four stakes races on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Three of them were Grade I’s, setting a record for career Grade I successes at 217, one more than fellow Hall of Fame member Jerry Bailey. “I think yesterday epitomized what Mike is all […]

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Hard Not To Love Circles Field To Upset La Brea; Bellafina Second

Mercedes Stables, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Steve Mooney, and Dorothy and David Ingordo’s Hard Not To Love posted an 11-1 upset of Saturday’s Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Park, rolling from last to first to defeat favorite Bellafina by about two lengths on the wire. The 3-year-old daughter of Hard Spun, […]

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On The Threshold: Smith Remembers His Grade 1 Triumphs At Del Mar

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has 215 Grade 1 stakes victories in his career, one short of tying the retired Jerry Bailey for the wins recorded at the highest-level events in racing. While he’s aware of the circumstances, Smith knows from the experience of breaking many records in many categories that envisioning and doing […]

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Velazquez Poised To Set North American Record For Graded Stakes Wins

John Velazquez’s career features more milestones than the decommissioned Route 66. A small sampling includes his Hall of Fame induction in 2012; back-to-back Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Jockey in 2004-05; two Kentucky Derby victories, two Belmont Stakes triumphs and 16 wins in Breeders’ Cup races that are second-most all-time. Velazquez, who will celebrate his 48th […]

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NBCSN Airing Whitney As Part Of Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series

The top four horses in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings – McKinzie, Thunder Snow (IRE), Vino Rosso  and Preservationist – lead an outstanding cast of eight horses slated to battle in the $1 million Whitney, which will be televised live this Saturday, Aug. 3, from historic Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN as a […]

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Kentucky Derby Winner Sea Hero Dies In Turkey At Age 29

Sea Hero, winner of the 1993 Kentucky Derby, has died in Turkey from the infirmities of old age, according to a report from the Turkish Jockey Club. He was the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner at 29 years old. Born in Virginia the son of Polish Navy raced as a homebred for Paul Mellon’s Rokeby […]

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Oaks, Derby Handicapping Benefit Dinner Scheduled For April 29

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), and New Vocations have been named the co-beneficiaries of the Charitable Impact Group’s fifth annual Kentucky Oaks and Derby Handicapping Benefit Dinner. The event will be held at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Ky. on Monday, April 29 at 6:00 p.m. NBC racing analyst Donna Brothers […]

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Wood, Blue Grass And Santa Anita Derby Coverage On NBCSN

After Maximum Security’s impressive wire-to-wire win last Saturday in the Florida Derby and with exactly one month to the running of the 145th Kentucky Derby, NBC Sports continues its extensive coverage of Derby prep races this Saturday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. ET with live coverage of the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa […]

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NBCSN Providing Live Coverage of Saturday’s Florida Derby

As the May 4 running of the 145th Kentucky Derby approaches, NBCSN presents exclusive live coverage of the $1 million Florida Derby this Saturday, March 30, at 6 p.m. ET from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Earlier in the day at 11 a.m. ET, NBC Sports will present exclusive live coverage of the $12 […]

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