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Smith on match race: I won’t hear the end of it

In an interview with TVG’s Christina Olivares, jockey Mike Smith discusses Sunday’s Battle of the Exes match race against former fiance Chantal Sutherland.  Smith describes how the event came about, what his race strategy might be and what will happen in the jockey’s room if he loses. See the video below.

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Horses chosen for “Battle of the Exes,” draw Wednesday

Press Release The ‘Battle of the Exes’ involving formerly-engaged jockeys Chantal Sutherland and Mike Smith is one week away on Sunday, August 7.  The preliminaries for the event will commence with the beginning of the third week of the summer meeting.                        On Wednesday at 12:30 in the track’s paddock/walking ring, a blind draw will […]

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Mike Smith charged with DUI following Del Mar opener

Jockey Mike Smith was arrested Wednesday night on drunk driving charges as he drove home following the opening day of racing at Del Mar, the Daily Racing Form reported Thursday. Smith tells the DRF: “I was driving on my home road down here, which is dark, and I got pulled over, and I blew a […]

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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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