Two-time Eclipse Award winner Mike Smith won the Kentucky Derby aboard Giacomo in 2005. Since then, he's had Derby fever even worse than before. The 41-year-old rider - who began riding races in New Mexico at age 11 - makes his fifteenth Derby start aboard Gayego in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Born: Aug. 10, 1965, Roswell, N. Mex.
Residence: Pasadena, Calif.
Family: Single ... Father George was a jockey.
Career wins: 4,682
Favorite sport: "Football and baseball."
Most hated chore: "Are you kidding? I'm an absolute freak. Everything has to be neat; I make my bed and all my clothes have to be folded just right."
The fastest I've ever driven was: "120 miles per hour in a real nice Porsche, somewhere in the Florida Keys. There was that long strip of road down there, and I'd just bought the Porsche so i just let it out. It could have done more, but 120 was fast enough for me."
One thing I wish people knew about jockeys: "The dedication takes to be a rider. We really work at it, there’s a lot of sacrifice that goes on behind the scenes."