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Mike Smith

Mike Smith


Winning jockey in the 2005 Kentucky Derby; He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2003
Fee Range: $5,000 - $10,000

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Mike Smith Bio

Smith has been one of the leading riders in U.S. thoroughbred racing since the early 1990s. The son of a jockey, Smith began riding races in his native New Mexico at age 11, and took out a jockey's license at age 16 in 1982. He left New Mexico the following year, riding mostly in the Midwest until moving to New York in 1989.

In 1991, he became one of the few American jockeys to win a European classic by claiming victory in the Irish One Thousand Guineas aboard Fourstars Allstar. The following year, he rode his first Breeders' Cup winner, Lure, in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

The year after that, 1993, he truly arrived as a top jockey, setting a North American record for stakes wins in a year with 62. Among his highlights were a win in the Preakness aboard Prairie Bayou and a successful defense of the Breeders' Cup Mile aboard Lure. That year, he won his first Eclipse Award as the nation's leading jockey, and also won an ESPY Award as top jockey. In 1994, he broke his own record for stakes wins with 68, 20 of them Grade I races. Several of those wins came while riding that year's Horse of the Year, Holy Bull. He also rode two winners in that year's Breeders' Cup, and again won the Eclipse Award as leading jockey. Smith went on to ride two Breeders' Cup winners in both 1995 and 1997.

In 2002, he had yet another banner year, serving as the regular rider for his second Horse of the Year, Azeri. He rode Azeri to a win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, and also rode Vindication to a win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Smith has ridden winners in 10 Breeders' Cup races to date. In 2003, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

In 2005, he rode 50-1 longshot Giacomo to victory in the Kentucky Derby. The win was Smith's first in the Derby.

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