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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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Amazombie wins bob in Potrero Grande

Amazombie had the final say in the Grade 2, $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes Sunday at Santa Anita Park.  Amazombie and Captain Cherokee broke away from the field in mid-stretch and battled to the wire, with Amazombie, under Mike Smith, getting the bob at the wire.  The winning time for six and a half furlongs was […]

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Presious Passion gets new jockey for Sunshine Millions

For the first time in 17 races Saturday, frontrunning phenom Presious Passion will be ridden by someone other than Elvis Trujillo.  Jockey Mike Smith will take the irons for Presious Passion’s bid in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita. Trujillo will remain at Gulfstream Park to ride two of Mary Hartmann’s other trainees […]

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Mike Smith: Now I’m fine

Bill Christine of Horse Race Insider talks about the two rich mares who won Eclipse Awards in Marylou Whitney and Zenyatta. It’s a great piece for anyone who wants to learn more about these two great ladies of racing. But probably the most relieved of anyone at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami, FL was Zenyatta’s […]

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Mike Smith: There really isn’t a HOTY debate

As far as jockey Mike Smith is concerned, there’s no doubt Zenyatta should be Horse of the Year. “Of course, if you ask me, she should have been three-time Horse of the Year. All the other connections that are involved are great people and great families. I’ve been blessed to have ridden for all of […]

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Mike Smith recipient of 2010 Big Sport of Turfdom Award

After a heartbreaking defeat in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, jockey Mike Smith has won the 2010 Big Sport of Turfdom Award given by journalists to the jockey whose cooperation ‘goes over and above the call, enhancing the coverage of Thoroughbred racing’.

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‘Tough One to Swallow’

Zenyatta jockey Mike Smith is still hurting from Saturday’s slim loss to Blame and doesn’t appear to be shaking it off any time soon. “That’s one I’ll never get over to tell you the truth,” said Smith. “I did my best. We just came up short. It’s a tough one to swallow.” require_once(ABSPATH. ‘/wp-content/blogad.php’); ?> […]

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Zenyatta Loses a Heartbreaker to Blame in BC Classic

By Scott Jagow It was not meant to be. Zenyatta charged down the stretch like she always does, but she could not catch Blame, who won the Breeders’ Cup Classic by less than a head in a photo finish. Zenyatta broke last and trailed the field by 14 lengths in the early going, […]

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Zenyatta Greets Hundreds of Fans Sunday Morning

PRESS RELEASE Jerry and Ann Moss’ Zenyatta didn’t know, and her fans didn’t care, that their beloved mare had lost the Breeders’ Cup Classic. They still turned out in droves on Sunday morning. Trainer John Shirreffs took down the barricades that had lined Barn 41 all week and allowed media and fans to get […]

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