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Mr. Commons takes the Oceanside

St. George Farm Racing’s homebred Mr. Commons rallied wide on the final turn, took command at the stop of the tretch, and pulled away to a 1 1/2-length victory over eight other 3-year-old rivals in the one-mile Oceanside Stakes, the traditional opening-day feature of the 2011 Del Mar race meeting. Longshot Burns finished second, with […]

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Del Mar to host match race “Battle of the Exes” between Sutherland and Smith

Press Release Eight years after the “Battle of the Sexes” match race involving jockeys Julie Krone and Patrick Valenzuela, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has announced plans to present a “Battle of the Exes” between Hall of Famer Mike Smith and female star Chantal Sutherland on Sunday, August 7. Krone’s one, and as it turned […]

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Sutherland: How I became a jockey

The Houston Chronicle profiles jockey Chantal Sutherland, who missed winning last Saturday’s Hollywood Gold Cup by inches, as the first female jockey to compete in the 73-year-old race.  Sutherland tells some interesting anecdotes about how she became a rider, like the time she was at a dinner party shortly after college: A guest suggested, “You […]

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Rosario, Smith both to ride at Royal Ascot

  After riding in the Belmont Stakes June 11, jockeys Joel Rosario and Mike Smith will both travel to England to ride at the Royal Ascot meeting, which begins June 14.  Rosario is expected to have mounts with trainer Wesley Ward.  Smith will ride a Ward horse as well and hopes to pick up other […]

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Baze memorial: “His memory will live forever in our hearts”

Fellow jockeys, friends and family members remembered Michael Baze as kind-hearted and warm during a memorial Thursday at Hollywood Park.  His wife, Kelly, also spoke about his personal troubles before the crowd of 125. “He had fallen on hard times recently and was battling depression,” she said. “He decided it was best we separate. He […]

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Mike Smith wins in British debut

Jockey Mike Smith put himself in the winner’s circle in his British racing debut, taking a five furlong maiden race aboard odds-on favorite Gentlemens Code at Folkestone Thursday.  Gentlemens Code is trained by Wesley Ward.

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British authorities: Smith shouldn’t ride at Lingfield

While jockey Mike Smith’s primary reason for traveling to Britain this week was to ride for trainer Wesley Ward at Folkestone on Thursday, he had also been booked for five mounts at Lingfield on Tuesday. But the UK Border Agency doesn’t seem to like that plan.  The agent booking Smith’s rides in Britain said the […]

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Mike Smith heads to England

Jockey Mike Smith flew into Newmarket on Sunday to prepare for his mount on the Wesley Ward-trained Gentlemans Code who is bound for Royal Ascot. While in the country, however, Smith was solicited for his services to ride at Lingfield on Tuesday. Simon Clare, part-owner of Illuminative, was excited that Smith has the call on […]

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Mike Smith to pick up Derby mount aboard Twinspired

Defections by The Factor and JP’s Gusto have opened the door for the aptly named Twinspired to enter the 20-horse field. And that opening has given veteran rider and former Derby winner Mike Smith an opportunity in this year’s field.

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Calvin leads list of jocks without Derby mounts

One of the results of a wild road to the Kentucky Derby has been several of America’s top jockeys currently without mounts. This list includes Calvin Borel who has won three of the last four Kentucky Derby and top jocks Kent Desormeaux, Mike Smith, Edgar Prado, Ramon Dominguez and Garrett Gomez.

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