Keyword: Mike Smith

  • Bal a Bali and jockey Mike Smith win the Shoemaker Mile

    Comeback King Bal a Bali Takes Shoemaker Mile

    Rounding the turn for home in the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (G1T) June 3 at Santa Anita Park, Bal a Bali again validated owner Calumet Farm's decision to keep the striking bay off their stallion roster for another year.

  • Danzing Candy

    Danzing Candy Wires Lone Star Handicap

    Danzing Candy was sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the five-horse field of the $200,000 Lone Star Handicap (G3), leading at every call in the 1 1/16-mile test and crossing the wire 4 3/4 lengths in front.

  • Mor Spirit takes the Steve Sexton Mile with his ears up at the wire

    Mor Spirit Goes Gate-to-Wire in Sexton Mile

    Exactly one year after running off the board in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Michael Lund Peterson's grade 1 winner Mor Spirit notched the first graded score of his 4-year-old season.

  • Dubai World Cup Press Conference

    Dubai World Cup Press Conference

    Comments from trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith after Arrogate's victory in the Dubai World Cup. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club

  • Arrogate Dubai World Cup -Morning works 3/24/17

    Arrogate Brings Baffert Back to World Cup

    For all the words Baffert has said to all those who inquire about what makes Juddmonte Farms' champion Arrogate the most fearsome horse in training, it is the trainer's presence in Dubai this week makes the most emphatic statement.

  • Mor Spirit arrives at Oaklawn Park

    Mor Spirit Heads Essex for Baffert

    Mor Spirit looks to regain winning form in his third start off the layup March 18, when he carries highweight assignment of 121 pounds in the $250,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

  • Unique Bella and Mike Smith take the Santa Ysabel

    Unique Bella Game in Santa Ysabel Win

    Don Alberto Stable's Unique Bella finally got a challenge March 4 in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3), but shrugged it off in the final furlong to reestablish her standing as the current favorite for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).

  • Bolo gets up in time to repeat in the Arcadia Stakes

    Bolo Repeats in Arcadia Stakes

    In his first race since July, Bolo was 2 1/2 lengths off leaders What a View and Conquest Enforcer with a furlong to run, but closed rapidly on the outside and just got a head in front at the wire.

  • Unique Bella wins the 2017 Las Virgenes Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park

    Unique Bella Untouchable in Las Virgenes

    The 3-year-old Tapit filly owned by Don Alberto Stable and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer appeared as if she was just out for a breezy spin in her two-turn debut under jockey Mike Smith.

  • Arrogate will start from the inside post in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1).

    After Draw, Pegasus Start Extra Important

    For a 1 1/8-mile race, trainers Art Sherman and Bob Baffert will be paying an added level of attention to the start of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Mike Smith after winning the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic

    Smith Eagerly Awaits 'Chrome'-Arrogate Rematch

    Jockey Mike Smith can't wait to get back aboard Juddmonte Farm's Arrogate to take on two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park. 

  • Finest City rolls to victory in the Santa Monica

    Finest City Dazzles in Santa Monica

    Seltzer Thoroughbreds' Finest City showed no signs of rust in her first start since her Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) victory, the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (G2) Jan. 21 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Prize Exhibit (GB) wins the 2017 Megahertz Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park

    Prize Exhibit Sweeps by in Megahertz

    With a late burst of speed, D P Racing's Prize Exhibit swept her competition to win the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park Jan. 16 by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • No catching Vale Dori in the La Canada

    Vale Dori Rolls Home in La Canada

    Vale Dori took heat early and kept on rolling in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (G2) Jan. 14 at Santa Anita Park, impressively picking up her second consecutive grade 2 and third straight victory for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

  • Unique Bella wins the 2017 Santa Ynez Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park

    Unique Bella Romps in Santa Ynez

    Although the Tapit filly opened up as the 1-5 favorite in the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (G2), when the gates opened she was not the favorite, but she performed like she was odds-on.

  • Gormley edges American Anthem (obscured) by a head in the Sham Stakes

    Gormley Edges American Anthem in Sham

    Reminiscent of several standout races in 2016 in the region, the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) stretch run featured two horses locked in a duel to a wire, well clear of the rest of the field.

  • Gormley

    Gormley Looks to Bounce Back in Sham Stakes

    When Gormley found himself four wide in both the first and second turns during the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), stalking the pace instead of out front, it wasn't much of a surprise the John Shirreffs trainee faded late.

  • Stewards Advance DQ Process for Masochistic

    A procedural stewards hearing Dec. 30 regarding Masochistic's positive post-race test for stanozolol following the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) confirmed the gelding will be disqualified from his second-place finish.

  • Mastery comes home strong in the Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity

    Mastery Passes Two-Turn Test in Futurity

    Plenty of promising juveniles have fallen short in their first try at two turns, but Cheyenne Stables' Mastery shrugged off the looming question mark Dec. 10 in the $300,000 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I).

  • American Gal after her run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I)

    American Gal, Union Strike Meet in Starlet

    Two high-quality horses who had less-than-ideal trips during the Nov. 5 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) will return to the track Dec. 10 in the $300,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Los Alamitos Race Course.

  • A Mystery Horse No More

    All one say is, what manner of horse is Arrogate? Two races hardly defines a career, but after an artist paints two masterpieces, one can hardly wait to see what emerges from his next blank canvas.

  •  Jockey Mike Smith celebrates on Arrogate after the victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park Nov. 5

    Mike Smith Wins Third Shoemaker Award

    Mike Smith, who won three races and finished second in three others, earned the 14th Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the 2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park.

  • Mike Smith watches the replay after losing the Distaff by a nose on Songbird

    Songbird Loses Nothing in Defeat

    It took a photo finish decided by barely an inch, but previously unbeaten champion Songbird did suffer a loss for the first time, losing to now three-time Breeders' Cup winner Beholder in the $2 million Longines Distaff (gr. I) Nov. 4.

  • Masochistic worked five furlongs from the gate in 1:00

    Masochistic Relaxed in BC Sprint Workout

    Masochistic worked five furlongs from the gate in 1:00 with jockey Mike Smith aboard in a relaxed manner that had all of his connections pleased with the Oct. 29 move at Santa Anita Park.

  • Beach Patrol scored a narrow win in the Secretariat Stakes in his previous start.

    Outside Post for Beach Patrol in Hill Prince

    After a narrow victory in the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT), Beach Patrol will try for a second straight graded stakes win against other 3-year-olds on the turf Oct. 8 in the Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.

  • Songbird worked a half-mile in :46 4/5 Oct. 6 at Santa Anita Park.

    Songbird Begins Preparation for Breeders' Cup

    The hum of nearby Interstate 210 was all that was audible from the Santa Anita Park grandstand before trainer Jerry Hollendorfer broke the silence with the sharp "beep" of his stopwatch as Songbird began her workout from the half-mile pole Oct. 6.

  • Ambitious Brew comes home strong to win the first division of the Eddie D. Stakes

    Hill Specialist Ambitious Brew Takes Eddie D.

    Two-thirds of Ambitious Brew's victories entering racing Sept. 30 came on Santa Anita Park's unique downhill turf course and the Pamela Ziebarth homebred thrived again during the trip Friday in the first of two Eddie D. Stakes (gr. IIIT) divisions.

  • Champion Songbird won a pair of grade I stakes at Saratoga meet.

    NYRA Reports Steady Saratoga Meet Numbers

    The New York Racing Association concluded its 2016 season at Saratoga Race Course with all-sources handle of $647,322,503, virtually even with last year's record wagering that had shattered the previous high water mark by more than 10%.