Keyword: Mike Smith

  • Songbird cruises in the slop in the Santa Anita Oaks.

    Songbird Easy Winner of Santa Anita Oaks

    Fox Hill Farms' Songbird grabbed the early lead and easily captured her seventh win in seven starts to take the grade I Santa Anita Oaks at Santa Anita Park April 9 and remain the dominant favorite for the Kentucky Oaks.

  • Danzing Candy.

    Making the Grade: Danzing Candy

    This week we take a closer look at Danzing Candy, winner of the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 12 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Danzing Candy worked five furlongs in :58 3/5 on March 26.

    Danzing Candy Blazes Through Workout

    Danzing Candy, in the first timed workout since his breakout score in the March 12 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), went five furlongs in :58 3/5 March 26 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Racing Regulators Discuss Daily Fantasy

    The takeaway from a session on daily fantasy gaming at the Association of Racing Commissioners International conference March 23 in New Orleans? Racing regulators need to be prepared for a changing gaming landscape.

  • Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

    Indiana Suspends Trainer Haffner 45 Days

    In a settlement with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, trainer Randy Haffner will serve at least a 45-day suspension for 2015 violations in Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino.

  • Danzing Candy zips to the win in the San Felipe Stakes.

    Danzing Candy Speeds to San Felipe Victory

    Unraced until November of last year, Danzing Candy emphatically announced his arrival on the Triple Crown trail with a gate-to-wire, two-length score over favored Mor Spirit in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).

  • What a View and Kent Desormeaux take the Frank E. Kilroe Mile.

    What a View Upsets Kilroe Mile

    California-bred What a View made quite a jump from winning against state-bred company in his last start to take the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) March 12 at Santa Anita Park in his first graded stakes attempt.

  • Songbird works at Santa Anita Feb. 28.

    Songbird Logs Breeze at Santa Anita

    Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is generally a pretty cheerful guy, but when he brings Songbird back to the Jerry Hollendorfer barn after her workouts, his mood hits another level.

  • Tara's Tango and Martin Garcia take the Santa Maria Stakes.

    Tara's Tango Gets Up in Santa Maria

    A tough-luck finisher in two graded stakes runs in the past year, Stonestreet Stable's homebred Tara's Tango broke through Feb. 13 in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Ziconic worked 4 furlongs from the gate in :49 3/5 at Santa Anita Park Feb. 13.

    Ziconic Set for Debut at Santa Anita

    After a four-furlong breeze from the gate in :49 3/5 at Santa Anita Park Feb. 13, trainer John Shirreffs said Jerry and Ann Moss' homebred Ziconic will likely make his debut at Santa Anita Park Feb. 20.

  • Danzing Candy wins an Allowance race Feb. 4.

    Danzing Candy Headed to Derby Trail

    Two days ahead of Santa Anita Park's second official Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) prep, another 3-year-old colt made waves with what could end up being his first step on the Triple Crown trail Feb. 4.

  • Birdatthewire wins the La Brea Stakes.

    Birdatthewire Prevails in La Brea

    With a determined rally near the center of the track, Birdatthewire caught Hot City Girl in deep stretch to earn the first grade I victory of her career in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Shared Memories

    The death of Shared Belief shocked the racing world and reminded everyone just how gut wrenching this sport can be and how fragile these magnificent horses are.

  • Dressed in Hermes wins the Cecil B. DeMille Stakes.

    Dressed in Hermes Up Late for DeMille Win

    Dressed in Hermes rallied down the center of the Del Mar turf course and overtook front-runner Collected to win the $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds Nov. 29.

  • Songbird runs away from the competition in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2015-Breeders-Cup/14-Hands-Winery-Breeders-Cup-J/i-mhH98NV/A">Order This Photo</a>

    Songbird Scores in BC Juvenile Fillies

    Songbird delivered a beautiful performance Oct. 31 in the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), controlling the pace throughout and winning by 5 3/4 lengths over Rachel's Valentina.

  • Masochistic wins the 2015 Triple Bend Stakes.

    Masochistic Blazes Through Final SoCal Drill

    Trainer Ron Ellis could only shake his head with a slight grin after watching Masochistic's final Santa Anita Park workout Oct. 25 before shipping to Keeneland for a run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

  • Songbird

    Songbird 'Wonderful' in Santa Anita Drill

    Unbeaten Songbird, the likely favorite in upcoming Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Keeneland, worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Oct. 18 under regular rider Mike Smith.

  • Downpour, Lightning Create Havoc at Del Mar

    After removing its synthetic surface, it was almost cosmically ironic when a downpour, equipped with constant lightning strikes, pounded the seaside racetrack July 18, causing all kinds of havoc at the summer hotspot.

  • Gabriel Charles powers to victory in the Eddie Read Stakes.

    Gabriel Charles Swings Wide to Win Read

    Heading back to Del Mar proved a winning move for Sam Britt and Michael House's Gabriel Charles, who closed to win the $400,500 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) by 3 3/4 lengths July 18 at the seaside racetrack.

  • Crucero wins the San Juan Capistrano.

    Crucero Pulls Upset in San Juan Capistrano

    A week after he ran second in an allowance/optional claiming event, Big Chief Racing's Crucero stunned the field in the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 28 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Stellar Wind (left) fights off Tara's Tango to win the Sumertime Oaks.

    Stellar Wind Edges 'Tango' in Summertime Oaks

    Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind received a stiff challenge from Tara's Tango, but kept her unblemished record at Santa Anita Park intact with a nose victory over the challenger in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks(gr. II).

  • My Sweet Addiction won the Vanity on May 9.

    'Addiction' Nice Addition to Fleur de Lis

    Pamela Ziebarth's homebred grade I winner My Sweet Addiction makes her Kentucky debut against five exiting the La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) in the June 13 Fleur de Lis Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

  • My Sweet Addiction is in control in the Vanity Stakes.

    My Sweet Addiction Surprises in Vanity

    Even without two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, the May 9 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) provided some drama with My Sweet Addiction delivering an upset to beat 1-9 favorite Warren's Veneda in the $300,000 event.