Mike Smith



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    Smith to Ride Hansen in West Virginia Derby
    by Claire Novak The Blood Horse
    Last Updated: 7/25/2012 4:27:59 PM
    Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will be aboard 2011 2-year-old champion Hansen when the colt makes a start in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 4 at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort, owner Dr. Kendall Hansen and Smith confirmed July 25.
    Smith replaces regular rider Ramon Dominguez, who has chosen to honor previous commitments on the day.
    "He's a famous rider and it'll be nice to team up with him for the race," Dr. Hansen said of Smith. "Ramon has a couple great mounts he doesn't want to pass up and I certainly understand that. How many times do you get a Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner and a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner picking up the mount on your horse?"
    Smith has enjoyed a recent volley of stakes scores aboard top contenders such as Delaware Handicap (gr. II) victress Royal Delta and Suburban Handicap (gr. II) winner Mucho Macho Man, and spent the earlier part of the season piloting Bodemeister to victory in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) and runner-up finishes in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) before riding Paynter to a second-place finish in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
    "I'm extremely excited, I really am," Smith remarked. "I feel so blessed, I feel guilty, almost, getting the opportunity to ride so many great horses right now. Between Royal Delta last weekend and Mucho Macho Man earlier, then getting to pick up a horse like this, it's just incredible."
    Trained by Mike Maker, Hansen romped wire-to-wire by 10 lengths in the Iowa Derby (gr. III) last out July 30, his first start since running ninth in the Kentucky Derby. Earlier in the year the frontrunning speedster was second in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III), won the Gotham Stakes (gr. III), and finished second by 1 1/4 lengths to Dullahan in the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
    "He's extremely talented, a fast horse with a high cruising speed," said Smith. "He keeps it and keeps running with it. I've been very fortunate with horses like that and hopefully this will be the same. Even on the Triple Crown trail this year, the horses I got to ride were similar. I've always been a big fan of him and horses like him are dangerous—they run very quick, very fast fractions and continue to run."
    According to Dr. Hansen, the homebred son of Tapit is on the right track for a successful second part of the season and a start in the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
    "He's gonna keep impressing," he said.

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    Mike Smith Rides
    July 27 - Del Mar
    Linda Lou Wgt-120 Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming $62,500
    Worth Repeating Wgt-115 Race 7 Cougar II H.

    July 28 - Del Mar
    Warren's Amber Wgt-121 Race 6 Fleet Treat S.
    Tres Borrachos Wgt-116 Race 8 San Diego H.

    July 29 - Del Mar
    Scarlet Strike Wgt-118 Race 3 Maiden Special Weight
    Lime Rickey Wgt-124 Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming $40,000
    Doyouseemecoming Wgt-120 Race 6 Allowance
    Lady Aspen Wgt-120 Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming $62,500
    Amazombie Wgt-123 Race 8 Bing Crosby S.
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    Here is a link to the race video for the Bing Crosby
    It was a decisive win!

    Chris Szabo‏ tweeted:
    Gotta love this jockey mikesmith! So modest hard-working & caring.
    He kissed amazombie after dismounting. #winners

    FYI-Bing Crosby was there. Grandson, named after his Grandfather.
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    Steve Byk‏ tweet
    Amazombie a 103 Beyer for Spawr & Sanford winning the G1 'Der Binglehoffer' under Mike Smith..
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    Mike Smith's Rides on Sat.
    August 4 - Mountaineer
    Maybe So Wgt-118 Race 1 Mountaineer Juvenile S.
    Tamarind Hall Wgt-118 Race 3 West Virginia Secretary of State S.
    Artemus Kitten Wgt-126 Race 5 West Virginia Senate President's Cup S.
    Colizeo Wgt-118 Race 7 West Virginia Governor's S.
    Headache Wgt-122 Race 7 West Virginia Governor's S.
    Hansen Wgt-120 Race 8 West Virginia Derby
    Major Marvel Wgt-118 Race 9 West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker's Cup S.
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    Mike Smith had 7 rides at Mountaineer on Saturday.
    2 FIrsts, 3 Seconds, 1 Fourth & 1 Ninth.
    Pretty good day!
  • Happy 47th birthday today, MIKIE!
  • Happy Birthday, Mike and our lovely, Dottie. High Hoofs all around.
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    Mike Smith Rides at Saratoga
    August 25 - Saratoga
    Anita Chica Wgt-119 Race 6 Maiden Special Weight
    Atigun Wgt-126 Race 12 Travers S.
    Hogue Wgt-119 Race 13 Maiden Special Weight

    August 26 - Saratoga
    Royal Delta Wgt-124 Race 10 Personal Ensign Invitational H
    Good luck & safe rides!
  • KetaKeta Member
    Love and Pride won the Personal Ensign. Royal Delta was second
    Love and Pride is by A. P. Indy, out of Ile de France, who is a. G1-placed Strom Cat half sister to Bernardini.
    TVG analysts were saying that Royal Delta was hot & sweaty before race.
    It was in the 90′s with high humidity.
    Here’s a confirming tweet
    Ryan Patterson@gradedstakes tweet
    Wow, tough to come up with Love and Pride there. Royal Delta ran huge considering how she looked
  • Yikes! It's Tricky nearly washed out at the start. She ran gallantly and I hope comes out of the race in good shape. Nice run by Love and Pride. I love watching the development of the AP Indy legacy. I think Pulpit was his first (if not one of the first) of his get to be successful and has become quite a prolific stud in his own right (I love Tapit).
  • caseycasey any racetrack with camera in handMember
    Royal Delta looked pretty flat to me, not as responsive as normal. I thought Mike did a great job getting her to place. She just didn't fire when he asked her... I hope It's Tricky is okay- that was one nasty "stumble"
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    Mike Smith to ride Mucho Macho Man in Woodward
    Mucho Macho Man, Ritvo in hunt for Woodward win
    Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 5:50 PM by Nicole Russo

    For the past several years, the Woodward Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course has belonged to the ladies.

    In 2009, the three-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra defeated older males in the historic event to complete an undefeated season. Last year, Havre de Grace became the second female ever to take the race. Both fillies went on to earn Horse of the Year honors.

    Trainer Kathy Ritvo could make her own history as the first female trainer to win the Woodward when she saddles Suburban Handicap (G2) winner Mucho Macho Man against what is expected to be a short field for this year's renewal, on Saturday at Saratoga. A victory would be the first career Grade 1 score for Mucho Macho Man, by far the most accomplished runner Ritvo has handled.

  • I'd LOVE to see M3 and Mike take the Woodward.
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    I'd LOVE to see M3 and Mike take the Woodward.
    Me too!
    Mike is going to have a very busy weekend going from CA to NY & back.
    Here is his race schedule
    August 31 - Del Mar
    Mr T Bird Wgt-120 Race 7 Maiden Special Weight

    September 1 - Saratoga
    Mucho Macho Man Wgt-126 Race 10 Woodward S.

    September 2 - Del Mar
    Killer Graces Wgt-123 Race 5 Torrey Pines S.
    Uno Dos Adios Wgt-118 Race 6 Maiden Special Weight
    Indian Gracey Wgt-117 Race 7 Adoration S.
    Scarlet Strike Wgt-118 Race 8 Maiden Special Weight
    Howe Great Wgt-122 Race 9 Del Mar Derby
    Desormais Wgt-122 Race 9 Del Mar Derby
    Miss Well Molded Wgt-118 Race 11 Maiden Special Weight
    Stay safe in your rides & your travel!
  • To Honor and Serve wins Woodward Stakes. Mucho Macho Man placed.
    The Blood-Horse@BloodHorse WATCH REPLAY: RaceResults: To Honor and Serve (Bernardini – Pilfer) wins the Woodward Stakes

    BklynBckstretch tweet
    Presenting trophy for the Woodward was Townsend Woodward, great grandson of William Woodward, which is incredibly cool
    BklynBckstretch tweet
    In winner’s circle. Charlotte Weber of Live Oak, owner of To Honor & Serve, says she “just signed” stud deal with Gainesway.
  • Bummer, M3 and Mike playing the 'bridesmaid' role. Sigh. But To Honor & Serve ran really well and it was nice to see him step up and get the job done. Hope everybody comes out of race in good shape!
  • Louisiana Downs: Blueskiesnrainbows early favorite for Super Derby field of nine
    By Mary Rampellini DRF 09/05/2012 1:51PM
    Blueskiesnrainbows drew post 3 in a field of nine for Saturday’s Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. Entries for the mile and an eighth race were drawn Wednesday. On the undercard, Smile Sprint winner Gantry, a candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, will run in the $50,000 Temperence Hill.
    The complete field from the rail with riders and odds is: Mr. Bluegrass Music, Chris Landeros, 20-1; Key Donation, Richard Eramia, 12-1; Blueskiesnrainbows, Talamo, 3-2; Hero of Order, Don Simington, 15-1; Fly Lexis Fly, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Master Rick, Gerard Melancon, 15-1; Tensas Cold Front, Mark Guidry, 12-1; Rousing Sermon, Mike Smith, 5-1; and Bourbon Courage, Leandro Goncalves, 3-1.
    Keta Note: Mike Smith is riding Rousing Sermon in Super Derby
  • Backside 55 tweet about Stanwyck.
    BREAKING NEWS: STANWYCK finished third in her race at Del Mar today.
    In her three-race career, she has yet to finish out of the money!

    Keta Note: Mike Smith rode her today. Corey Nakatani had shoulder problem.
  • Don Robinson Talks About Zenyatta as a Young Horse at Winter Quarter Farm.
    at THE SATURDAY POST. November 15th, 2010 § 39
    Fairy tales often begin when a seemingly ordinary life takes a magical twist and ventures toward a fabled outcome.

    Keta Note: The article is a Q & A session. Here is an excerpt
    JW: How would you describe Zenyatta’s personality as a young girl?
    DR: As a young girl, Zenyatta was very personable.
    Zenyatta was full of spirit, but she was reasonable. She had a sister before her, a really good filly, named Balance. Balance was very flighty. She was a great race horse, not as good as Zenyatta of course, but Balance was hard to handle. You always had to be thinking ahead of her.
    Zenyatta had that sort of energy, but was much more reasonable. You could sort of talk to her and she understood you. Thoroughbreds can be very spirited and fiery, but the good ones tend to have a good mind.
    Keta Note: An important part of Zenyatta & who she is was the team!

    A huge thank you to Ann Maree for sharing this! Here is part of her comments on it.I'm going to piggy back on Keta's retrospective from the TVG printing of the article, which quotes Don Robinson. Jennifer Wirth-Ice's old blog (she no longer updates it, but it's still up to look up old articles) had a wonderful interview she did with Robinson just before the BCC10. I love reading this because of his early history with Zenny and her entire family
  • HRTVinsider tweet on Mucho Macho Man
    Mucho Macho Man will skip Gold Cup & go directly to BC Classic,
    according to owner Dean Reeves, who said the colt will race as a 5-year-old.
  • Mike E. Smith
    September 29 - Belmont Park

    Stevland Wgt-120 Race 2 Maiden Special Weight
    Katz My Song Wgt-121 Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming $25,000
    Royal Delta Wgt-123 Race 5 Beldame Invitational S.
    Starformer Wgt-119 Race 8 Flower Bowl Invitational S.
    Atigun Wgt-122 Race 10 TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational S.
  • Beldame Invitational S. (gr. 1) (video)
    BELMONT PARK, Elmont, NY
    Royal Delta Struts Her Stuff in Beldame
    Royal Delta blew It's Tricky away in the $400,000 Beldame Invitational (gr. I) at Belmont Park Sept. 29, geared down while drawing away to a 9 1/2-length victory under wraps.

  • NYRA‏ on Twitter
    [Video] Mike Smith post race comments on Royal Delta:

  • Mike has lost the mount on Mr. Common's wonder what is up with that?
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