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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Finding Value

With two weeks to go before the Run for the Roses, all eyes will be on the contenders final workouts. There are still several jockey assignments left to be decided, though Hall of Famer Mike Smith’s decision to ride Omaha Beach over Roadster confirms the Richard Mandella trainee’s place atop my rankings. Horses in the […]

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‘Works Are Key’ To Final Rankings For Kentucky Derby Media Poll

Omaha Beach collected 16 of 24 first-place votes in this week’s edition of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Media Poll, but he’s no lock to keep them all in next week’s final Top 20 assembled by HorseRacingNation.com. Representatives of racing industry trade publications and general news outlets have turned their attention from final prep races to […]

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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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Kentucky Derby Museum’s Fan Fest Celebrates 100 Years Of Triple Crown

The Kentucky Derby Museum proudly kicks off Derby week with our 4th annual Fan Fest Presented by Watson’s. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of the Triple Crown, from Sir Barton to Justify. A panel discussion moderated by leading TVG racing analyst, Caton Bredar, will feature Justify’s jockey, Mike Smith, trainer Bob Baffert and […]

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Baffert Goes With ‘Flo’ For Santa Anita Derby Winner Roadster

Anyone who’s been in racing for any length of time understands that loyalty is not always the game’s highest priority. So when Mike Smith opted to ride Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach for Richard Mandella in the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4 rather Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster trained by Bob Baffert, for whom […]

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Smith Chooses Omaha Beach; Geroux Picks Up Roadster

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has chosen to ride Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, trainer Richard Mandella confirmed to drf.com. “I just got the call,” Mandella said. “We’re good. Mike Smith. I’m very happy.” Smith was also the regular rider for Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster, trained by Bob Baffert. […]

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Churchill Downs Brings Back Champions Day To Celebrate Triple Crown’s 100th Anniversary

Churchill Downs’ second annual Champions Day presented by Twinspires.com will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Triple Crown and honor its winners on Tuesday of Derby week. In addition to a full day of racing, Triple Crown-winning jockeys, trainers and owners will sign autographs; fans can have their photos taken with rarely seen Triple Crown memorabilia […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: The Final Countdown

The points are all in, and the top candidates are being prepared to make their voyages to Louisville. Jockey Mike Smith has a big decision to make over the next couple of weeks, as he rode both Roadster and Omaha Beach in their Grade 1 victories on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Omaha Beach […]

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Grade 1 Double Nets Mike Smith Jockey Of The Week Title

With two Grade 1 wins at Oaklawn last weekend, Mike Smith was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 8-14, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. […]

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Midnight Bisou Noses Out Very Game Escape Clause In Apple Blossom

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stable, and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou had to work hard as the 4-5 favorite in the stretch of Sunday’s Grade 1 Apple Blossom, fending off a determined drive from 8-1 chance Escape Clause. Under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, Midnight Bisou hit the wire a nose ahead of her rival […]

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