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Game On Dude Canters to Second Santa Anita Handicap Win

Before an on-track crowd of 26,901 and in a performance for the ages, 6-5 favorite Game On Dude went gate to wire to win Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap by a record 7 ¾ lengths under Mike Smith, vanquishing eight rivals in 2:00.14 to become the fourth horse in the 76-year history of […]

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Royal Delta makes easy work of Sabin field

Bill Mott was confident that Royal Delta was well prepared for her 2013 debut in Saturday’s $100,000 Sabin (G3) at Gulfstream Park, but the Hall of Fame trainer will admit that he held his breath a bit until the two-time champion mare crossed the finish line five lengths in front. “A sigh of relief. I’m […]

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Gulfstream: Royal Delta, Grace Hall clash again in Sabin

Besilu Stable’s 5-year-old mare Royal Delta sealed a second Eclipse Award with a victory Nov. 3 in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) at Santa Anita against a field that included fourth-place finisher Grace Hall. The two will meet again Sunday when making their 2013 debuts in the $100,000 Sabin Stakes (G3) at […]

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Santa Anita jockeys Leparoux, Smith, Bejarano, and others take the court for charity

The 46th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School Charity Basketball game will take place Thursday, Feb. 21, at La Salle High School in Pasadena with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program and the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).  Game time is 7 p.m., and the doors open at 6:15 p.m. […]

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Smith to ride Executiveprivilege in Hollywood Starlet

Mike Smith will be in the irons aboard Executiveprivilege when she makes her next start in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 8. He will replace Rafael Bejarano, who had the regular rider of the filly. Trainer Bob Baffert told the Daily Racing Form  that he will start ‘spreading around’ some of the leading […]

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Smith wins Bill Shoemaker Award

Powered by victories on Royal Delta in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and Mizdirection in the Breeders’ Cup Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith has won the Bill Shoemaker Award as the most outstanding jockey of the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, held November 2-3 at Santa Anita Park. This is […]

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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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