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Derby Kitten, under jockey Mike Smith, came from off the pace to nab Hippolytus by a half-length in the $154,029 Ontario Derby Sept. 24 at Woodbine.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor DUI charges resulting from his July 20 arrest hours after winning the Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar.
Lenny and Kenny Rice of NBC Sports review breaking news, the Saratoga race meet, Del Mar Exes race, Race Medication and Leftylenythelegend. Watch Video
Jockey Mike Smith sent Joker Face to the front shortly after the break and cruised to an easy, 2 1/4 length triumph over former fiance Chantal Sutherland and Parable in the "Battle of the Exes" at Del Mar Aug. 7.
On the eve of the "Battle of the Exes" match race between Mike Smith and Chantal Sutherland, the last combatants in such an event at Del Mar, Julie Krone and Patrick Valenzuela, offered recollections of their 2003 battle.
Jockey Mike Smith, who won the opening-day stakes at Del Mar, was arrested hours later in Torrey Highlands, Calif., on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to local news reports.
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has announced plans to present a "Battle of the Exes" between Hall of Famer Mike Smith and female star Chantal Sutherland Aug. 7.
Favored Sassy Image came from out of the clouds to capture the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) to highlight the "Summit of Speed" program at Calder Casino & Race Course July 9, her second grade I win in two months.
Simon Burgess talks with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith about what racing is like at Royal Ascot. Mike also mentions Zenyatta. Watch Video
Jockey Michael Baze, who won nearly 1,000 horse races in a nine-year career, died from an accidental overdose of cocaine and a prescription pain medication before his body was found at Churchill Downs last month.
Animal Kingdom visited the track at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. for the first time Wednesday, May 11 as he began preparations for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on May 21.
Odds-on choice Regally Ready set a blazing pace coming down the Santa Anita hillside turf course, staving off the fast-closing Camp Victory by a nose for his first graded stakes win in the $100,000 San Simeon H. April 16.
Joyful Victory tuned up for next month's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with her second dominating performance of the Oaklawn Park season in the $285,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) April 10.
The Galt House Hotel will host the inaugural Night of Silk Derby Party the night of the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to benefit the Permanent Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Amazombie, closing with abandon on the far outside for jockey Mike Smith, nipped Captain Cherokee by a head in a terrific finish to the $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park April 3.
Zenyatta, 2010's Horse of the Year, was honored with the 2011 William H. May Award by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
Favored Joyful Victory went to the front of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) class when she dominated the $125,000 Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) by 8 3/4 lengths in her first start of the year at Oaklawn March 12.
Kinsale King will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano when he attempts to defend his title in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) March 26.
Despite moderate fractions, Jerry and Ann Moss' Cozi Rosie circled most of her foes and drew away to a comfortable 1 1/4-length tally in the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park Feb. 21.
Amazombie, making his stakes debut for trainer Bill Spawr at odds of 11-1, outfought odds-on choice Cost of Freedom in a terrific finish to snatch the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint by a head at Santa Anita Jan. 29.
Trainer Bob Baffert continued his domination of the young 2011 Santa Anita meet when Euroears scored an easy front-running 2 1/4-length upset in the $150,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 22.
- By Tom LaMarra
Jockey Mike Smith, winner of the Big Sport of Turfdom Award for the second straight year, dedicated the honor to Zenyatta, the now-retired champion mare he rode in many of her races.
Zenyatta arrived to greet 1,000+ fans at Keeneland December 6, 2010. Video Courtesy of Keeneland. View Video
Jockey Ryan Moore from Great Britain captured his first World Super Jockeys Series title from Japan this year this year when he edged Australia's Craig Williams and Irish rider Johnny Murtagh at Tokyo Racecourse Nov. 27.
Jockey Mike Smith has been chosen as the 2010 winner of the organization's Big Sport of Turfdom Award, the Turf Publicists of America announced Nov. 18.
Jerry and Ann Moss' champion Zenyatta has been retired from racing. The 6-year-old Street Cry mare will be boarded at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Photos of the day two winners at the 2010 Breeders' Cup. View Slideshow
Mike Smith reflects on the Breeders' Cup Classic to the media. Watch Video
As about a hundred racing fans gathered outside Barn 41 at Churchill Downs the morning of Nov. 7 to show their appreciation for Zenyatta, trainer John Shirreffs reflected on the disappointment of the previous day.
Mike Smith's comments after the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic. Watch Video
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Proviso is a bit of a late bloomer, but she seems to be reaching her peak heading into the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 6.
Super mare Zenyatta draws post 8 in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I); pegged as the 8-5 morning line favorite to beat the boys again.
In her final work before she heads to Kentucky, undefeated Zenyatta drilled a fluid six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 on morning of Oct. 30 at Hollywood Park for trainer John Shirreffs.
Funeral services were held Oct. 23 for longtime jockey agent Bob Meldahl, who represented Laffit Pincay Jr. for the final decade of the Hall of Fame rider's career.
Probable Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite Zenyatta turned in a seven-furlong work in company with a pair of stablemates at Hollywood Park Oct. 22.
Favored Proviso came from well off the pace to win the $400,000 Abu Dhabi First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) for her fourth consecutive grade I victory Oct. 9 at Keeneland.
For the third time in her career, Zenyatta three-peated in a grade I race when she used her patented late charge to post a half-length triumph in Oak Tree's $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) at Hollywood Park Oct. 2
Jaycito turned the tables on J P's Gusto in the $250,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 2 at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park, running down the leader inside the sixteenth-pole to win by a length.
Undefeated two-time champion Zenyatta stands alone as she goes for her 19th consecutive win over her home track in the $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) at Oak Tree's Hollywood Park meet Oct. 2.
The Hall of Fame trio of trainer Bob Baffert and jockeys Mike Smith and Laffit Pincay Jr. will sign limited edition collectible jerseys at Del Mar on Labor Day, Sept. 6.
In what could be her final start in California, the great Zenyatta remained undefeated with her 18th consecutive win in rather routine fashion by a neck in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 7 at Del Mar.
Champagne d'Oro, winner of the June 5 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, struck again, this time at Saratoga Aug. 7 in the seven-furlong Test Stakes (gr. I). Bonnie Blue Flag was second.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will sign limited edition collectible jerseys benefiting Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement and The Race for Education scholarship organization at Del Mar Aug. 7.
English-bred mare Proviso won her third consecutive grade I race July 31 at Saratoga, as she held off Shared Account and two-time defending titleholder Forever Together in a blanket finish to take the Diana Handicap.
Favored Spice Route, making his first start in 2010, emerged from the pack in upper stretch and swept to an easy win in the $153,999 Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) on Queen's Plate day at Woodbine July 4.
Thrilling another crowd with her spine-tingling late charge, the undefeated mare nabbed a determined St Trinians by a half-length for her 17th consecutive victory in the June 13 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
Drosselmeyer wins the Belmont giving trainer Bill Mott his first classic victory.
WinStar Farm's Drosselmeyer gave Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his first win in a Triple Crown race, as he wore down pacesetter First Dude and held off a late charge from Fly Down to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
From the gate break to the Winner's Circle, relive Drosselmeyer's run to glory. View Slideshow
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