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Chantal Sutherland gets engaged (not to Mike Smith)

In case you haven’t heard the news on Twitter, Southern California jockey Chantal Sutherland is celebrating her engagement to Dan Kruse of Monrovia, CA.  Sutherland tweeted the news to followers in recent days: “Just had a nice brunch with my fiancé! Oops forgot to tell you that Dan Kruse proposed to me New Years Eve […]

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Ismene romps to victory in Cal Breeders’ Champion as Santa Anita opens

Ismene ran her record to a perfect 3-for-3 in Monday’s 32nd running of the California Breeders’ Champion stakes for 2-year-old California-bred or –sired fillies. The race, the first on the nine-race card at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., got the 75th winter meeting off to a flying start under blue skies and temperatures in […]

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WinStar weighs Drosselmeyer decision; Smith lobbies for Classic winner to race

WinStar Farm will make a decision on the future of recent Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) hero Drosselmeyer some time next week, the farm reported on Wednesday. The 4-year-old son of Distorted Humor was to be retired to stand in New York in 2012, but a clause in the contract called for flexibility if Drosselmeyer were […]

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Haskin: Faith played a big role in Drosselmeyer’s win

The Blood-Horse’s Steve Haskin reveals more of the back story on Drosselmeyer’s upset victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.  The storylines run deep for trainer Bill Mott, jockey Mike Smith and Drosselmeyer’s other connections.  For WinStar president Elliott Walden, a deeply religious man, faith played a role in more ways than one: “It was Walden […]

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Breeders’ Cup: Smith ties Bailey for all-time lead, plus more odds and ends

Jockey Mike Smith ties Jerry Bailey for All-Time Lead in Breeders’ Cup Wins after Classic Victory with Drosselmeyer Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith’s victory aboard Drosselmeyer in Saturday’s  Breeders’ Cup Classic, after guiding Amazombie to score in the Sprint earlier in the afternoon, brought his total number of wins in the Breeders’ Cup to 15 […]

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Victory is sweet for Mike Smith on Drosselmeyer in the Classic

Mike Smith on Drosselmeyer ran down Game on Dude and Chantal Sutherland in the ultimate ‘battle of the exes,’ winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. The victory was especially sweet after Smith’s heartbreaking loss in last year’s Classic aboard Zenyatta. Finishing third was Ruler On Ice. Drosselmeyer is trained by Bill […]

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Amazombie scares up win in the BC Sprint

Amzombie won battle with Force Freeze in deep stretch to capture the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs by a neck.  Jackson Bend finished third. Amazombie, a 5-year-old Northern Afleet gelding trained by Bill Spawr, was ridden to victory by Mike Smith.  He covered the six furlongs in 1:09.17 and returned $17.80, $7.40 […]

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Kentucky Derby museum hosts inaugural BC Zenyatta Celebration

UPDATE: Photographer Eric Kalet provides photos of the festivities at the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Zenyatta Celebration, where owners Ann and Jerry Moss unveiled a life-size painting of the super mare. Click at right to scroll through photos. Previously posted: Zenyatta’s owners, Ann and Jerry Moss, trainer John Shirreffs and jockey Mike Smith will make appearances […]

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Mike Smith pleads not guilty to DUI charges

Jockey Mike Smith’s attorney entered a plea of not guilty to misdemeanor DUI charges Thursday regarding Smith’s arrest the night of July 20th following Del Mar’s opening day races. The next court date has been scheduled for October 14.

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Del Mar jockey race one of the tightest ever

California turf writer Art Wilson notes that with two weeks left in the Del Mar meet, the race for the jockey title may be one of the most thrilling ever: “Rafael Bejarano, Joe Talamo and defending champion Joel Rosario lead the way with 24 victories apiece and Garrett Gomez is two back with 15 racing […]

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