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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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Kentucky Derby mounts and ‘musical jockeys’

Throughout the months and days leading up to the Kentucky Derby, jockeys try to find the mount they want for the Derby. They want to find the horse they think will win and, at the same time, keep owners and trainers they ride for on other occasions happy, says an article in the New York […]

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Smith sticks with ‘Bode’, Gomez picks up mount on ‘Daddy’

Santa Anita Press Release: Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez will ride Daddy Nose Best for trainer Steve Asmussen in the Kentucky Derby on May 5, agent Tony Matos said Sunday morning via phone from Kentucky. “We wouldn’t trade places with anybody,” said Matos, who has represented riders who accounted for six Derby triumphs under […]

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Bodemeister crushes Arkansas Derby field

Zayat Stables Bodemeister absolutely crushed his 10 3-year-old rivals in the G1 Arkansas Derby on the closing day program at Oaklawn Park Saturday, winning by 9 1/2 lengths in the nine-furlong prep for the Kentucky Derby. Under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, the Empire Maker colt broke well from the outside post, cruised up […]

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Relive the moments: Musical montage of Santa Anita Derby Day

A compilation of the sights of Santa Anita Derby Day is set to upbeat music and features sound bites from owners, trainers, and jockeys. Highlights include Mike Smith’s 5,000th win aboard Amazombie and I’ll Have Another’s score in the Derby.

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Mike Smith gets career win 5,000 aboard champion Amazombie

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith became the 25th North American to reach 5,000 careers when he guided sprint champion Amazombie to a victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 Potrero Grande Stakes, defeating the front-running Roman Threat by a well-measured three-quarters of a length under a polished hand ride. Camp Victory finished third, and the time […]

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Lady of Shamrock much the best in Providencia

Lady of Shamrock took command in the stretch and drew off to easily win the $150,000 Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park April 7. The victory provided jockey Mike Smith with his 4,999th career victory. Patiently ridden by Smith, the 3-year-old daughter by Scat Daddy out of Blushing Issue, by Blushing John was […]

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Smith learns the ropes on Midnight Transfer for Santa Anita Derby

Mike Smith was three shy of career win No. 5,000 at the start of Saturday’s races. The major milestone would hold even more significance should it come aboard Midnight Transfer in the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby next Saturday. Smith picked up the mount on the San Pedro Stakes winner through the misfortune of […]

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Jockeys Talamo, Smith approach riding milestones

Joe Talamo has been riding since he was 16. Now 22, the effervescent Louisiana native already has 995 victories, five shy of 1,000. “If I ever thought I’d win 1,000, I never thought it would be this quick,” Talamo said after piloting Sarangani to a front-running, $22.20 victory for trainer Bruce Headley in Saturday’s third […]

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