Keyword: Mike Smith

  • Songbird winning Summertime Oaks in previous start.

    Songbird Adds Star Power to Sunday's CCA Oaks

    Champion Songbird will put her perfect record on the line July 23 in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, which features a purse pumped up from $300,000 to $500,000 to attract the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro.

  • Nyquist

    Nyquist, Songbird Drill at Del Mar

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist and undefeated 3-year-old filly Songbird both were put through workouts July 17 at Del Mar in preparation for top-level East Coast starts this summer.

  • Dressed in Hermes wins the Pasadena Stakes

    Dressed in Hermes Gets Oceanside Class Relief

    The 3-year-old son of Hat Trick returns to the seaside track July 15 on opening day with a drop in class to the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes, but will face a loaded field as he seeks a return to the winner's circle.

  • Cheekaboo (middle) finds just enough to win the Honeymoon Stakes

    Cheekaboo Edges Favorites in Honeymoon

    With an expert ride from Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Cheekaboo broke through for her first graded stakes win in her first start against open company June 19 in the $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Unified working for Jimmy Jerkens on June 10, 2016.

    Effinex, Unified Set for Stakes Engagements

    Jimmy Jerkens might not have a Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender this year, but he's holding a hot hand with June 18 Stephen Foster (gr. I) contender Effinex and June 19 Pegasus (gr. III) runner Unified, who will go favored in their respective races.

  • Si Sage and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes, Sunday, May 29, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.

    Si Sage Speeds to Whittingham Victory

    After winning the 2015 Last Tycoon (gr. IIIT) at the distance by 3 1/4 lengths at odds of 42-1, the 6-year-old son of Sageburg wowed again at 10 furlongs May 29 in the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes (gr. IIT).

  • 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.

  • Songbird.

    Final Test for Songbird in Santa Anita Oaks

    With six perfect starts to her credit, Fox Hill Farms' Songbird has one more hurdle to clear -- the April 9 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) -- before heading to Kentucky as the favorite for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • 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.

  • Street Fancy rolls home to win the Starlet Stakes.

    Street Fancy Bursts to Starlet Score

    Agave Racing Stable's Street Fancy went from maiden winner to grade I winner Dec. 12, taking the $300,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Los Alamitos Race Course with a strong late burst of speed.

  • 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.

  • Effinex (#8) and Mike Smith take the Clark Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Effinex Lands Grade I in Clark Handicap

    Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex capped his big season in a big way Nov. 27, holding off defending winner Hoppertunity in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Heathcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Songbird runs away from the competition in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. <br><a target="blank" href="">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.

  • Songbird and Mike Smith take the Chandelier Stakes.

    Songbird Soars to Chandelier Victory

    Fox Hill Farm's Songbird continued her winning ways in style Sept. 26, drawing clear by 4 1/2 lengths in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park to build a 3-for-3 record.