Keyword: Mike Smith

  • 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.

  • Sherri and Michael DiMenna at 2005 Kentucky Derby

    Racing Voices: Holy Giacomoly!

    It goes without saying that no one forgets attending their first Kentucky Derby (gr. I). However, every once in a while along comes a Derby story that is not only memorable but also unlikely to ever be surpassed.

  • Uzziel

    Uzziel Seeks Relief in Wilshire Stakes

    Uzziel won't have to face off against standout recent opponents Beholder or Warren's Veneda in the $100,000 Wilshire Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 26 at Santa Anita Park, but the she will have to take on another familiar rival.

  • Shared Belief

    Shared Belief Diagnosed With Hip Fracture

    Mike Smith likely saved multiple grade I winner Shared Belief from additional injury by pulling him up in the April 18 Charles Town Classic (gr. II), as diagnostic work revealed a non-displaced fracture of his right hip.

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    Shared Belief Eased as Moreno Wins CT Classic

    Multiple grade I winner Shared Belief failed to finish April 18 in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), eased by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith as Southern Stables' Moreno took the 1 1/8-mile test at Charles Town.

  • Luck of the Kitten is scheduled to make his seasonal debut in the Transylvania.

    'Kitten' Among 7 for Redrawn Transylvania

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Luck of the Kitten, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) last fall, heads a field of seven 3-year-olds entered for the $100,000 Transylvania (gr. IIIT) April 15 at Keeneland.

  • Arkansas Derby winner American Pharoah

    Top Three Exit Arkansas Derby in Good Order

    The top three finishers from the April 11 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park, including runaway winner American Pharoah, emerged from the 1 1/8-mile race in good order, their connections said April 12.

  • Rainha Da Bateria will carry the highweight of 121 pounds in the Santa Ysabel Stakes.

    Rainha Da Bateria Tops Santa Ysabel Cast

    Three Chimneys Farm's Rainha Da Bateria will enter the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) as the only 3-year-old graded stakes winner in the field of nine, but will lose Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith for the 1 1/16-mile test.

  • Far Right wins the Southwest Stakes.

    Far Right Rallies to Capture Sloppy Southwest

    With a sharp move to the rail by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Far Right claimed the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park Feb. 22. He had previously won the Smarty Jones Stakes at the Arkansas track.

  • Shared Belief and Mike Smith roll to victory in the San Antonio Invitational Stakes.

    Shared Belief Finds Redemption in San Antonio

    The showdown everyone wanted to see produced a clear verdict for Shared Belief over reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $500,000 San Antonio Invitational Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Gary Stevens

    Idaho Legislature to Honor Jockey Stevens

    Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, a native of Caldwell, Idaho, will be honored by the Idaho legislature next Monday, Feb. 9. He will be accompanied to the ceremony by another Hall of Fame rider, Mike Smith.

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    Stall Targets Silverbulletday for Top Decile

    Two half-length losses from arguably being a champion, Top Decile has zeroed in on the listed $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as her sophomore debut for trainer Al Stall Jr.

  • Conquest Typhoon wins the B. DeMille Stakes.

    Conquest Typhoon Last to First in DeMille

    Conquest Typhoon rallied from last and caught Stormy Liberal in the final strides to score as the even money favorite in the $150,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds Nov. 30 at Del Mar.

  • Ol' Fashion Gal rallies for the win in the Jimmy Durante Stakes.

    Ol' Fashion Gal Upsets Jimmy Durante

    Squeezing through a tight opening along the rail in mid-stretch, Ol' Fashion Gal prevailed over favored Rainha Da Bateria to upset the $151,500 Jimmy Durante Stakes (gr. IIIT) Nov. 29 at Del Mar.

  • Kaigun rolls home to win the Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar.

    Kaigun Storms From Last to Seabiscuit Win

    Not a factor in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) earlier this month, Kaigun was an unstoppable force Nov. 28 after unleashing a mighty run through the Del Mar stretch to win the $250,750 Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT).

  • Ocho Ocho Ocho (inside) fights off Mr. Z to win the Delta Downs Jackpot.

    Ocho Ocho Ocho Cashes Jackpot, Now 3-for-3

    Undefeated Ocho Ocho Ocho, one of several Southern California shippers in the field, outfought Mr. Z through the drive to capture the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) by a nose at Delta Downs Racetrack Nov. 22.

  • Haskin's BC Recap: Bayern and the Brouhaha

    Baffert again found himself pleading with higher sources to spare him the pain of defeat when it became apparent Bayern was going to have to dig in like he's never dug in before to hold off the challenges.

  • The start of the Breeders' Cup Classic.
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    Santa Anita Steward Explains Classic Ruling

    Reacting to strong criticism, California racing steward Scott Chaney, explained the decision to allow the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) win Nov. 1 by Bayern to stand in spite of obvious interference at the start.

  • Mike Smith, is the two-time defending winner of the Bill Shoemaker Award.

    Breeders' Cup to Honor Top Jockey

    The Breeders' Cup will again present the most outstanding jockey of the Breeders' Cup World Championships with the Bill Shoemaker Award based on competition in the 13 races Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Tom's Tribute works on Oct 26 with Mike Smith aboard.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2014-Breeders-Cup/Works/i-6wXzPB3">Order This Photo</a>

    Smith Has Calming Influence on Tom's Tribute

    If you watch Mike Smith in the post parade of the upcoming Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park, don't be surprised to see him slouched a bit in the saddle, his feet dropped out of the irons.

  • Zenyatta: Champion Mother

    Learn more about Zenyatta's life as a broodmare in this companion piece to "Long Live The Queen," Tracy Gantz's Breeders' Cup longform at www.BloodHorse.com/Zenyatta. This video was produced in the weeks before the passing of 'Z Princess,' Zenyatta's weanling filly. Our condolences go out to her connections.

  • Hootenanny
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    Ward Sends Talented Duo to Juvenile Turf

    Hootenanny has proven himself against talented juvenile turf runners in Europe and Luck of the Kitten banked a graded stakes at Santa Anita, giving trainer Wesley Ward two good chances to land his first Breeders' Cup win.

  • Beholder

    Beholder Posts Breeders' Cup Distaff Work

    Working under a fog so thick her trainer couldn't even see it, two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder went five furlongs in company the morning of Oct. 12 in 1:02 1/5 under regular rider Mike Smith at Santa Anita Park.

  • No Nay Never leads them home in the Woodford Stakes.

    No Nay Never Returns With Woodford Win

    A long layoff proved no problem for the talented No Nay Never, who scored a front-running victory in the $150,000 Woodford Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIIT) Oct. 4 at Keeneland.

  • Victor Espinoza

    Espinoza Suspended for Awesome Again Ride

    Santa Anita Park stewards handed jockey Victor Espinoza a seven-day suspension Sept. 28 for his tactics in the handling of Sky Kingdom in the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) the preceding day.

  • Shared Belief overtakes Fed Biz late to win the Awesome Again.

    Shared Belief Goes Overland in Awesome Again

    Stuck wide every step of the way, odds-on choice Shared Belief stayed unbeaten in seven starts with a neck victory over a game Fed Biz in the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Living The Life wins the Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes.

    Living The Life 'Masters' Stakes Debut

    All-weather sprint specialist Living The Life, a recent arrival from overseas, added a third straight win to her record Sept. 8 in taking the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II) at Presque Isle Downs.