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Mike E. Smith

Jockey
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Born Aug 10, 1965

Michael Earl "Mike" Smith is an American jockey who 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 where he earned his apprenticeship at Canterbury Downs Minnesota before moving to New York in 1989.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1965 Birth Born on August 10, 1965.

TEENAGE

1982 16 Years Old 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.

TWENTIES

1989 23 Years Old He left New Mexico the following year, riding mostly in the Midwest where he earned his apprenticeship at Canterbury Downs Minnesota before moving to New York in 1989. … Read More
1991 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1991, he became one of the few American jockeys to win a European classic by claiming victory in the Irish 2,000 Guineas aboard Fourstars Allstar (some other American jockeys, notably Steve Cauthen, had won European classics before Smith, but were based in Europe).
1993 27 Years Old 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. … Read More
1994 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, he broke his own record for stakes wins with 68, 20 of them Grade I races. … Read More

THIRTIES

1998 32 Years Old The dangers of Smith's profession became evident in 1998, when he suffered major injuries in two separate spills. … Read More
2000 34 Years Old In 2000, he moved his home base from New York to Southern California. … Read More
2002 36 Years Old In 2002, he served as the regular rider for his second Horse of the Year, Azeri. … Read More
2005 39 Years Old In 2005, he rode 50–1 longshot Giacomo to victory in the Kentucky Derby. … Read More

FORTIES

2008 42 Years Old In 2008, he added two more Breeders' Cup victories first in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Stardom Bound, and with the then 4-year-old Zenyatta in the Ladies' Classic. … Read More
2011 45 Years Old Mike Smith earned the 5,000th victory of his Hall of Fame career when he teamed with 2011 sprint champion Amazombie to capture the $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes (gr. … Read More
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