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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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Smith to partner Hansen in West Virginia Derby

Mike Smith has picked up the mount on Hansen for the colt’s next start in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 4, it was reported at the Blood-Horse. Smith will replace Ramon Dominguez, who has chosen to honor prior commitments that day at Saratoga. “He’s a famous rider and it’ll be nice to team […]

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Lady of Shamrock zips to American Oaks victory

Lady of Shamrock delivered a Grade 1 victory for trainer John Sadler and jockey Mike Smith as she zipped through at the end of the 1 1/4 mile contest over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf. Fractions were 1/4 :25.39, 1/2 :50.43, 3/4 1:15.79, Mile 1:39.82 and Final 2:03.19.  Jockey Quotes   MIKE SMITH, LADY OF […]

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Mucho Macho Man charges home to win Suburban

Mucho Macho Man took command at the top of the stretch and cruised to a 2 1/2-length victory in the Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. Hymn Book, who was last throughout much of the race, came from the clouds to take second, with early pacesetter Trickmeister holding on for third. Final time for […]

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Night School: Jockeys Smith, Sutherland and Jensen

Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, popular jockey/actress/model Chantal Sutherland and renowned American Quarter Horse Association pilot Cody Jensen will be the guests this Tuesday in Night School, the racing industry’s national online fan education program. The 90-minute interactive lessons begin weekly at 8:30 p.m. ET, and this week’s focus is the topic of “Jockeys.” […]

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Royal Delta in smashing return

Royal Delta, the champion 3-year-old of 2011 who was purchased by Benjamin Leon’s Besilu Stables for $8.5 million at Keeneland last November, made her first start since a troubled ninth-place finish against males in the Dubai World Cup, galloping to the easiest kind of victory in the Grade 2 Fleur De Lis Handicap at Churchill […]

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Racing many times a game of ‘musical jockeys’

Many times in horse racing, when it comes to the dynamic between owners, trainers, and jockeys, it’s “what have you done for me lately”. Trainers or owners who are unhappy with the way one of their horses is ridden in a big race usually are quick to make a rider change. At times, there are […]

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Video: Baffert, Zayat exhibit sportsmanship with Mike Smith after close second

After just missing a second Kentucky Derby win aboard Zayat Stables’ Bodemeister, jockey Mike Smith expressed his disappointment with owner Ahmed Zayat and trainer Bob Baffert. Instead of coming down on the jockey, who earlier this year won his 5,000th race, Baffert and Zayat exhibited the ultimate in sportsmanship. The exchange was captured on video […]

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Mike Smith still at the top of his game

Even though he’s been riding for 30 years, jockey Mike Smith isn’t showing signs of slowing down. The Hall of Fame rider will be competing in his 19th Kentucky Derby when he climbs aboard Bodemeister in the 138th Run for the Roses Saturday. “I’m in a good place right now – mentally, physically,” he said. […]

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