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Smith Loses Appeal On Suspension, Fine For Whip Violations In Saudi Cup

Mike Smith has lost his appeal against the lengthy ban and huge prize-money penalty he received on a costly trip to the Saudi Cup meeting. The Hall of Fame jockey received nine days in bans for breaching Saudi whip rules after riding Midnight Bisou into second place behind Maximum Security in the $20 million Saudi […]

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Mike Smith, Irad Ortiz Jr. Appealing Saudi Arabia Whip Suspensions

Jockeys Mike Smith and Irad Ortiz Jr. are appealing the suspensions and fines they received while riding in Saudi Arabia last week for violating rules regulating use of the riding crop. As a result of their appeal, Smith and Ortiz received stays of their suspensions, according to Jon Lees, reporting for HorseRacingPlanet.com, a website Lees […]

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Mike Smith Given Nine-Day Whip Ban, Fine For Saudi Cup Ride On Midnight Bisou

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, winner of the International Jockeys Challenge in Saudi Arabia on Friday, will head back to the United States with a nine-day ban handed down for his ride aboard runner up Midnight Bisou in Saturday’s $20 million Saudi Cup. According to Racing Post journalist Jonathan Harding on Twitter, Smith was “given an […]

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Hall Of Famer Mike Smith Wins International Jockeys Challenge In Saudi Arabia

US Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith emerged victorious in the stc International Jockeys Challenge on a day where history was made on Kingdom Day at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack. While Smith’s two success from four rounds of the competition, which featured 14 invited riders from around the globe, saw him out on his own […]

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Hard Not To Love Has ‘A Special Relationship’ With Her Team, Growing Legion Of Fans

Could it be . . . should it be . . . would it be . . . sanctimonious to mention Hard Not to Love in the same breath as . . . Zenyatta? John Shirreffs hasn’t quite developed that state of mind yet for his one-eyed wonder filly, but the dazzling daughter of Hard Spun […]

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Hard Not To Love ‘Getting Better And Better,’ Dominates Santa Monica

In what appeared to be her best race to date, heavily favored Hard Not to Love drew clear late to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes by 3 ½ lengths under Mike Smith. Trained by John Shirreffs, the sight-impaired 4-year-old daughter of Hard Spun got seven furlongs in 1:22.19 at Santa Anita. In […]

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TVG To Air Behind-The-Scenes Feature With Hall Of Famers Mike Smith, Gary Stevens

TVG, America’s horse racing network, will offer fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes feature on a recent episode of the TVG Podcast featuring Hall of Fame jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens in the “Broadcast of the Podcast” which will air on February 16 at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT. Hosted by Mike Joyce, the interview with […]

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One-Eyed Hard Not To Love Has Four Foes In Santa Anita

Extremely talented but equipped with just one eye due to a paddock mishap as a youngster, Hard Not to Love heads a field of five older fillies and mares going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Fresh off the best race of her career, a […]

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Impressive Maiden Winner Honor A.P. To Target San Felipe Stakes

C R K Stable’s Triple Crown hopeful Honor A.P., who broke his maiden by 5 1/4 lengths in October at Santa Anita, finally has a target for his 3-year-old debut. The John Shirreffs-trained son of Honor Code will point to the G2 San Felipe Stakes on March 7, which offers the winner 5- points on […]

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