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Victory is sweet for Mike Smith on Drosselmeyer in the Classic

Mike Smith on Drosselmeyer ran down Game on Dude and Chantal Sutherland in the ultimate ‘battle of the exes,’ winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. The victory was especially sweet after Smith’s heartbreaking loss in last year’s Classic aboard Zenyatta. Finishing third was Ruler On Ice. Drosselmeyer is trained by Bill […]

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Amazombie scares up win in the BC Sprint

Amzombie won battle with Force Freeze in deep stretch to capture the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs by a neck.  Jackson Bend finished third. Amazombie, a 5-year-old Northern Afleet gelding trained by Bill Spawr, was ridden to victory by Mike Smith.  He covered the six furlongs in 1:09.17 and returned $17.80, $7.40 […]

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Kentucky Derby museum hosts inaugural BC Zenyatta Celebration

UPDATE: Photographer Eric Kalet provides photos of the festivities at the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Zenyatta Celebration, where owners Ann and Jerry Moss unveiled a life-size painting of the super mare. Click at right to scroll through photos. Previously posted: Zenyatta’s owners, Ann and Jerry Moss, trainer John Shirreffs and jockey Mike Smith will make appearances […]

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Mike Smith pleads not guilty to DUI charges

Jockey Mike Smith’s attorney entered a plea of not guilty to misdemeanor DUI charges Thursday regarding Smith’s arrest the night of July 20th following Del Mar’s opening day races. The next court date has been scheduled for October 14.

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Del Mar jockey race one of the tightest ever

California turf writer Art Wilson notes that with two weeks left in the Del Mar meet, the race for the jockey title may be one of the most thrilling ever: “Rafael Bejarano, Joe Talamo and defending champion Joel Rosario lead the way with 24 victories apiece and Garrett Gomez is two back with 15 racing […]

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Finley: More match races, please

ESPN columnist Bill Finley writes that yes, Sunday’s Battle of the Exes was “hokey” and a gimmick, but with apologies to racing purists, Finley “found it to be a lot more entertaining than anything else that happened in horse racing over the weekend.”  Specifically, he says, because it was a match race: “If matching two […]

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Mike Smith and Joker Face win ‘Battle of the Exes’

Mike Smith aboard Joker Face went wire to wire to win the ‘Battle of the Exes’ at Del Mar over Chantal Sutherland on Parable. The one-mile match race between the formerly engaged jockeys was a $40,000 claiming event with a purse of $31,000, which the two agreed would be “winner take all.” Breaking powerfully from […]

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Sutherland granted stay for riding suspension

The California Horse Racing Board will postpone a three-day suspension for jockey Chantal Sutherland so she can ride in Sunday’s Battle of the Exes match race with former fiance Mike Smith.  The riding suspension would have covered the match race, but Sutherland requested that her suspension begin a week later.

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Hovdey: Smith vs Sutherland is low-hanging fruit

Daily Racing Form writer Jay Hovdey, whose wife Julie Krone competed in the Battle of the Sexes match race at Del Mar a few years ago, isn’t a big fan of the track’s latest marketing gimmick – the Battle of the Exes between Mike Smith and Chantal Sutherland.  Hovdey says the match race is “low-hanging […]

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Smith gets 3-5 favorite against Sutherland

If the rail makes any difference in a two-horse race, well, Mike Smith drew the rail for Sunday’s “Battle of the Exes” match race at Del Mar.  But he also drew the horse installed as the 3-5 favorite. Joker Face is winless in four races, but he was only beaten a neck in his last […]

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