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  • 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.

  • Shared Belief wins the Pacific Classic.

    Shared Belief Streaks to Pacific Classic Win

    Champion Shared Belief kept his stellar record spotless with another smashing victory Aug. 24 in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), sweeping past pacesetter Game On Dude and drawing away at Del Mar.

  • Tom's Tribute Del Mar Mile.

    Tom's Tribute Triumphs in Del Mar Mile

    Tom's Tribute took advantage of a slow start from heavy favorite Obviously to take the $250,000 Del Mar Mile (gr. IIT) by a length over Rock Me Baby with Handsome Mike another half-length back in third.

  • Moulin de Mougin wins the John C Mabee Stakes.

    Moulin de Mougin Makes Right Move in Mabee

    Moulin de Mougin secured the biggest win of her career and gave jockey Mike Smith a reason to celebrate his 49th birthday in the $250,000 John Mabee Stakes (gr. IIT) on the grass Aug. 10 at Del Mar.

  • Enterprising flies late to take the La Jolla at Del Mar.

    Enterprising Weaves Through La Jolla Traffic

    Rallying from last on the backstretch, favored Enterprising found room between horses in the drive and powered his way to victory in the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) as racing returned to the turf at Del Mar.

  • Tom's Tribute wins the Eddie Read Stakes.

    Tom's Tribute Times it Right in Eddie Read

    Tom's Tribute became a grade I winner July 20 when he held even-money favorite Summer Front safe through the homestretch to register a 1 1/4-length victory in the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes on the Del Mar turf.

  • Doinghardtimeagain and Mike Smith take the Great Lady M. Stakes.

    Doinghardtimeagain Grinds Out Great Lady M.

    Making her second start of the year, Doinghardtimeagain returned to winning form with a perfect stalking trip for jockey Mike Smith in the $200,000 Great Lady M. Stakes (gr. II) July 12 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

  • Revolutionary (left) comes from way back to win the Pimlico Special.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-ZzZcvFx">Order This Photo</a>

    Revolutionary Fires Late, Takes 'Special'

    WinStar Farm's Revolutionary, more than 30 lengths behind early following a heated pace, kicked into gear and circled his eight foes to win the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) by a neck at Pimlico Race Course May 16.

  • Fiftyshadesofgold wins the 2014 Eight Belles Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-KJvDJpZ">Order This Photo</a>

    Fiftyshadesofgold Shines in Eight Belles

    With a heart the size of the state where she was bred, Fiftyshadesofgold nailed down her first graded stakes win when the Texas-bred held off a determined Milam in the Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) May 2 at Churchill Downs.

  • Mike Pegram is back at the Derby this year with Rebel Stakes winner Hoppertunity.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/i-Lvf7D2z">Order This Photo</a>

    Pegram Lands Another Derby 'Hoppertunity'

    Mike Pegram, who has raced champions such as Silverbulletday, Midnight Lute, and Real Quiet, is back with his fourth Derby starter in the Any Given Saturday colt Hoppertunity, co-owned with Karl Watson and Paul Weitman.

  • Ria Antonia at Churchill Downs.

    Ria Antonia, Napravnik Aboard, Breezes

    With jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard, Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Ria Antonia breezed five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 23 as she continues to prep for the May 2 race.

  • Tom's Tribute wins the Thunder Road Stakes.

    Tom's Tribute Equals Wise Dan's Course Mark

    Next to last going to the far turn under Mike Smith, Tom's Tribute came roaring down the stretch to win the $75,000 Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita Park while equaling Wise Dan's course record for a mile on turf.

  • Palace Malice wins the New Orleans Handicap.

    Palace Malice Runs Off With N.O. Handicap

    Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice may have been the narrow second choice in the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, but the son of Curlin proved best in an impressive 4 3/4-length score going 1 1/8 miles.

  • Jockey John Velazquez

    Velazquez Reaches Purse Earnings Milestone

    In guiding We Miss Artie to victory in the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 22 at Turfway Park, John Velazquez became the first rider in history to reach $300 million in North American purse earnings.

  • And They're Off: March Madness Edition

    Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin talk about the Rebel, including Tapiture's trip, look at the Spiral and the Sunland Derby, discuss the Hall of Fame nominees, and talk to Bob Baffert about Hoppertunity, Bayern, and more.

  • Gary Stevens

    Hall of Fame Jockeys to Compete at Pimlico

    One of the unique offerings on this year's Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) day card at Pimlico Race Course May 16 is the $50,000 Jockey Challenge Presented by Xpressbet that will feature seven active Hall of Fame riders.

  • Game On Dude captures his third Santa Anita Handicap.

    Game On Dude Captures Record Third Big 'Cap

    Experts thought Game On Dude had lost a step, but the gallant old gelding proved them wrong with a history-making third victory in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 8 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Mike Smith, right, with his aunt Nedra Matteucci after his recent induction into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame.

    Q&A With Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith

    "I try to ride the best I know how to ride," Smith said. "I love horses, I truly do. I like people to know that and I hope it shows in my riding, let's put it that way. I have to be the best I can possibly be."