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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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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Chantal Sutherland

Chantal Sutherland is a two-time Sovereign Award-winning apprentice in her native Canada in 2001-02 who is holding her own in the highly competitive Southern California jockeys colony. Sutherland, represented by agent Brian Beach, is winning at a 13% clip and finishing in the top three 46% of the time. As the regular rider of Grade […]

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Amazombie finishes well in 6-furlong drill for Palos Verdes

Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Amazombie, a finalist for an Eclipse Award as outstanding sprinter, worked six furlongs before sun up on Santa Anita Anita’s fast main track Saturday in 1:15.60. “He started slow but finished fast,” said trainer Bill Spawr, adding that “I’m not sure I’m running (in next Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes […]

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Chantal Sutherland gets engaged (not to Mike Smith)

In case you haven’t heard the news on Twitter, Southern California jockey Chantal Sutherland is celebrating her engagement to Dan Kruse of Monrovia, CA.  Sutherland tweeted the news to followers in recent days: “Just had a nice brunch with my fiancé! Oops forgot to tell you that Dan Kruse proposed to me New Years Eve […]

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Ismene romps to victory in Cal Breeders’ Champion as Santa Anita opens

Ismene ran her record to a perfect 3-for-3 in Monday’s 32nd running of the California Breeders’ Champion stakes for 2-year-old California-bred or –sired fillies. The race, the first on the nine-race card at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., got the 75th winter meeting off to a flying start under blue skies and temperatures in […]

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WinStar weighs Drosselmeyer decision; Smith lobbies for Classic winner to race

WinStar Farm will make a decision on the future of recent Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) hero Drosselmeyer some time next week, the farm reported on Wednesday. The 4-year-old son of Distorted Humor was to be retired to stand in New York in 2012, but a clause in the contract called for flexibility if Drosselmeyer were […]

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