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BC Marathon: London Bridge Surprises Smith With Victory

London Bridge surprised even his jockey with a come-from-behind win in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Marathon at Santa Anita Park on Friday. The 3-year-old British native had not been training over the Santa Anita dirt course particularly well this week, according to jockey Mike Smith, but he clearly handled the surface sufficiently well on Friday. […]

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‘Geritol Jockeys’ Stevens and Smith at the Top of Their Games Heading into Breeders’ Cup

At an age where many in their sport are considering retirement, jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith are showing no signs of slowing down. The Hall of Fame riders have mounts in nearly every race during the two-day Breeders’ Cup program, including the Classic – Smith will be aboard Game On Dude, while Stevens rides […]

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Night School: ‘Stars of the Game’

Night School, the racing industry’s national online fan education program, welcomes a trio of Hall of Famers – jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith and driver John Campbell – as guest instructors in this Tuesday’s “Stars of the Game” lesson. The 90-minute interactive session begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be presented in a […]

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BC Sprint: Points Offthebench Caps Great Day for Smith With Victory in SA Sprint Championship

With the $1.5 million XpressBet Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 2 positioned as the ultimate objective, California-bred Points Offthebench assured his connections he’ll be in the starting lineup with a rousing half length victory Saturday in the Grade I, $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, covering six furlongs in 1:08 flat while providing trainer Tim Yakteen […]

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Velazquez to Ride Palace Malice in Breeders’ Cup Classic

Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice will make his final start of 2013 in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, and will have a new rider—John Velazquez, it was announced by Dogwood president Cot Campbell. “Mike Smith predictably will reunite with Game on Dude, probable Classic favorite, and his mount in […]

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Reunited: Mike Smith Back on ‘Dude’ for BC Classic

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who rode Game On Dude to victory in five straight graded stakes races, including the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup, will ride the gelding in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 2. The Daily Racing Form reports that Smith, who gave up the mount on ‘Dude’ in the G1 Pacific […]

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Close Hatches Stares Down Competition in Cotillion

The $1 million G1 Cotillion Stakes for three year-old fillies went convincingly to Juddmonte Farm’s Close Hatches. The First Defence filly had won the G1 Mother Goose back in June at Belmont Park and came into the race as the filly to beat and was sent off by the public as the 8-5 betting favorite. […]

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Pace Makes the Race in Both Divisions of Del Mar Derby

Utilizing opposite styles to achieve the same result, Gabriel Charles and Ethnic Dance won divisions of the featured Grade II Del Mar Derby Sunday, championship event of the summer season for three-year-olds. Gabriel Charles came from off the pace to win the first division of the nine-furlong contest over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course, […]

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Royal Delta Proves the Queen of Personal Ensign Field

Champion Royal Delta made short work of a short field on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course, taking over on the backstretch and cruising to a commanding victory in the 66th running of the Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational Handicap. The victory earned the 5-year-old mare, a two-time Eclipse Award winner, an automatic berth and […]

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