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Mizdirection Tops Boys Again in Turf Sprint Ahead of Dead Heat For Second

Mizdirection kept her Santa Anita record strong with a second career win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Saturday afternoon. Under the guidance of Mike Smith, the gray filly bounced back from a fifth-place effort in the Grade 1 Just A Game Stakes at Belmont in June. With the exception of the Just A […]

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Outstrip Outruns Rivals Late in Juvenile Turf

The Europeans – and jockey Mike Smith – are off to a roaring start at the 2013 Breeders’ Cup.  Smith produced his 2nd perfectly-timed finish on the afternoon aboard Outstrip, who  captured the Juvenile Turf over Giovani Boldini and pacesetter and favorite Bobby’s Kitten.  The winning time was 1:33.20 for the mile. Smith and the […]

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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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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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No Jet Lag Soars to Victory in City of Hope Mile

Now a perfect two for two in America, longshot No Jet Lag, competing in graded competition for the first time, looked the part of a multiple graded stakes winner in Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 City of Hope Mile (turf) under Mike Smith, winning by a half length in near track record time of 1:31.84 as […]

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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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