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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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Breeders’ Cup Notes: BC Mile

Beethoven John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith’s Beethoven walked the shedrow again on Monday, awaiting clearance from quarantine, which was expected to come by 5 p.m. He arrived at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Traveling head lad Pat Keating said that he, like all the runners from Ballydoyle, “traveled well, and we couldn’t be […]

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Zenyatta works seven in 1:27 1/5 over Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track

In her next-to-last work in Southern California before she heads to Kentucky, Zenyatta completed seven furlongs  in 1:27 1/5 Friday morning at Hollywood Park. Exercising over Cushion Track under jockey Mike Smith, the 6-year-old Street Cry mare, who is undefeated in 19 starts, broke off behind Sarbonne, went her opening three furlongs in 38 4/5, […]

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ZENYATTA NOTES: Another Smooth Day for Zenyatta

PRESS RELEASE One day after an unusually wet morning, Mother Nature continued to oblige two-time champion Zenyatta with Kentucky like weather morning as she went to the Hollywood Park main track amidst cool temperatures and overcast skies on Thursday. The undefeated mare galloped 1 π miles under regular exercise rider Steve Willard as she […]

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Proviso Wins Fourth Straight G1 with Victory in Keeneland’s First Lady Stakes

By Scott Jagow Proviso showed her “winstinct” once again Saturday, powering home from the back of the pack to capture the Grade 1, $400,000 Abu Dhabi First Lady Stakes on the Keeneland turf.  The five-year-old mare was second to last in the field of nine at the top of the stretch, but jockey Mike Smith took […]

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