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Daddys Lil Darling Aims For Beverly D, Will Continue To Run Without Lasix

Trainer Kenny McPeek is confident in his graded stakes winner Daddys Lil Darling as she points toward the Grade 1 $600,000 Beverly D. at Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday, Aug. 11. The 1 3/16-mile event for fillies and mares over the turf is a “Win and You’re In” event for the G1 $2,000,000 Longines Breeders’ […]

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Unique Bella’s Clement Hirsch Win Came Despite Losing Shoe Early On

Unique Bella was a 2-5 favorite on the morning line and 1-10 when the gates opened for Sunday’s Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes. And the 4-year-old champion filly lived up to those expectations despite losing a shoe the first time past the wire in the 1 1/16-mile event, despite feeling some competitive heat […]

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Unique Bella Fends Off Late Run From La Force In Clement L. Hirsch

Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella was favored at 1-9 for Sunday’s Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch, but German-bred La Force made a race of it at 8-1, flying late in the final eighth of a mile. Mike Smith had to drop down on Unique Bella’s back to urge her on, but the 4-year-old daughter of […]

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‘We’ll Miss Him’: Fans Say Goodbye To Justify At Del Mar

Triple Crown winner Justify paraded at Del Mar on Saturday in what is expected to be his final public appearance before his retirement to the breeding shed. WinStar’s Kenny Trout and Elliott Walden were on hand for the ceremony, as were trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith. JOCKEY MIKE SMITH – “You know, it’s just […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Out Of The Darkness, Into The Spotlight

In 2013 at Hollywood Park, Drayden Van Dyke could often be found in the jockey’s room riding the Equicizer. He liked to practice on the machine in the dark, so he could focus on the feel of the ride instead of visual cues. One day, Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith walked in to the […]

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Justify To Parade Saturday At Del Mar; Smith Available For Autographs

Triple Crown winner Justify, who has taken up residence on the Del Mar backstretch this summer, will parade for the track’s fans this Saturday (July 28) following the day’s 4th Race. Time for his appearance will be at approximately 3:40 p.m. The big chestnut is expected to tour the paddock several times, then walk down through the tunnel […]

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Mike Smith Helps Raise $25,000 For PDJF With Justify Posters At Ruidoso Downs

More than $25,000 was raised for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) through poster sales on Sunday while the handle for last weekend’s three days of trials to the $1 million Rainbow Futurity and Rainbow Derby was up 27 percent at Ruidoso Downs. New Mexico native and Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith was at the track for […]

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New Mexico Governor Proclaims July 8 ‘Mike E. Smith Day’

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has proclaimed Sunday, July 8th as “Mike E. Smith Day” throughout New Mexico. That is the day that Triple Crown-winning jockey Smith will be visiting Ruidoso Downs for the Mike Smith Triple Crown Victory Celebration. Smith won this year’s Triple Crown aboard Justify, the 13th Triple Crown winner. The rider […]

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Triple Crown-Winning Jockey Smith To Sign Posters At Ruidoso Downs Sunday

Jockey Mike Smith’s Triple Crown Victory Celebration and nine trials to the Grade 1, $801,564 Rainbow Derby combine for an historic day at Ruidoso Downs this Sunday, July 8. Triple Crown posters will be on sale for $10 and they go on sale near the hamburger stand in the grandstand at 11 a.m. Smith will […]

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Belt It Out: Saratoga Vs. Del Mar Jockeys In PDJF Karaoke Contest

In what will certainly be a battle of East versus West, jockeys at Saratoga and at Del Mar race tracks will compete against each other for the glory of the title of “Best Jockey Karaoke Performance.” The Del Mar jockey colony will take to the microphone first, performing at the Belly Up Tavern (143 S. […]

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