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Royal Delta dominates foes in BC Ladies Classic

Royal Delta staked her claim for Horse of the Year honors with a dominating wire to wire victory in the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) Nov. 2. The 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker won the Ladies Classic for the second straight year, providing jockey Mike Smith with his 16th victory in the Breeders’ […]

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Breeders’ Cup or Bust: From Humble Beginnings in New Mexico

With one victory at this week’s World Championships at Santa Anita Park in California, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will become the Breeders’ Cup’s all-time winningest rider.  So as the Breeders’ Cup or Bust team ambled into New Mexico, it seemed appropriate to make a special stop to visit the small town where Smith […]

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Mike Smith to ride Hansen in West Virginia Derby

In most sports, induction into the Hall of Fame occurs after the culmination of an athlete’s competitive career. But that’s not the case in Thoroughbred racing, as exemplified by jockey Michael Earl Smith, who has registered many major accomplishments following his induction to the sport’s Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York – which […]

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Smith to partner Hansen in West Virginia Derby

Mike Smith has picked up the mount on Hansen for the colt’s next start in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 4, it was reported at the Blood-Horse. Smith will replace Ramon Dominguez, who has chosen to honor prior commitments that day at Saratoga. “He’s a famous rider and it’ll be nice to team […]

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Lady of Shamrock zips to American Oaks victory

Lady of Shamrock delivered a Grade 1 victory for trainer John Sadler and jockey Mike Smith as she zipped through at the end of the 1 1/4 mile contest over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf. Fractions were 1/4 :25.39, 1/2 :50.43, 3/4 1:15.79, Mile 1:39.82 and Final 2:03.19.  Jockey Quotes   MIKE SMITH, LADY OF […]

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Mucho Macho Man charges home to win Suburban

Mucho Macho Man took command at the top of the stretch and cruised to a 2 1/2-length victory in the Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. Hymn Book, who was last throughout much of the race, came from the clouds to take second, with early pacesetter Trickmeister holding on for third. Final time for […]

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Mike Smith among athletes featured posing nude in ‘The Body Issue’ from ESPN the Magazine

Mike Smith is one of 27 athletes that are featured in the upcoming ESPN the Magazine’s ‘The Body Issue’ that hits newsstands July 13. This year marks the fourth year the magazine has published this special issue, which celebrates the athletic form. All 27 athletes agreed to pose nude for the ‘Bodies We Want’ photo […]

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Night School: Jockeys Smith, Sutherland and Jensen

Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, popular jockey/actress/model Chantal Sutherland and renowned American Quarter Horse Association pilot Cody Jensen will be the guests this Tuesday in Night School, the racing industry’s national online fan education program. The 90-minute interactive lessons begin weekly at 8:30 p.m. ET, and this week’s focus is the topic of “Jockeys.” […]

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Royal Delta in smashing return

Royal Delta, the champion 3-year-old of 2011 who was purchased by Benjamin Leon’s Besilu Stables for $8.5 million at Keeneland last November, made her first start since a troubled ninth-place finish against males in the Dubai World Cup, galloping to the easiest kind of victory in the Grade 2 Fleur De Lis Handicap at Churchill […]

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Racing many times a game of ‘musical jockeys’

Many times in horse racing, when it comes to the dynamic between owners, trainers, and jockeys, it’s “what have you done for me lately”. Trainers or owners who are unhappy with the way one of their horses is ridden in a big race usually are quick to make a rider change. At times, there are […]

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