Mike E. Smith
American jockey
Mike E. Smith
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.
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Kentucky Derby 2012: Where Do the Top Contenders Stand?
Bleacher Report - almost 5 years
Tomorrow is the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, and Bodemeister is favored the win the historic, mile-and-a-quarter race at Churchill Downs. Bodemeister is at 4-1 odds to win the race that is billed as the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports. Here is a quick look at the top contenders for America's Race.   Bodemeister Odds: 4-1 Position: 6 Jockey: Mike E. Smith Outlook: The sixth position has yielded six winners since 1900, and Smith already has won the race with Giacomo in 2005. Bodemeister never raced as a two-year-old, and no horse has won the Kentucky Derby without racing as a two-year-old since 1882.   Union Rags Odds: 9-2 Position: 4 Jockey: Julien R. Leparoux Outlook: History bodes well for Union Rags' position, as the No. 4 post has produced the second-most Kentucky Derby winners since 1900 with 10. However, no horse from the No. 4 slot has won the race since Seattle Slew in 1977.   Gemologist Odds: 6-1 Position: 15 Jockey: Javier J. Castellano Outlook: Gem ...
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ROUNDUP; Falcon Fined For Hard Hit But Escapes A Suspension
NYTimes - over 5 years
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson was fined $40,000 on Monday for his flagrant hit on Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin, but he will not face a suspension. Robinson led with his helmet and crashed into Maclin in the third quarter of Atlanta's 35-31 win over Philadelphia on Sunday night. Robinson was penalized 15 yards for
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Director John Caird on the inspiration for Welsh National Opera's Don Giovanni - WalesOnline
Google News - over 5 years
French sculptor Auguste Rodin is the main inspiration behind a new version of Don Giovanni. Mike Smith meets the director behind the lust-filled production from Welsh National Opera FOR Welsh National Opera's new production
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Falcons have found balance since Vick - ESPN (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Mike DiNovo/US PRESSWIRE The Falcons couldn't put together back-to-back winning seasons until coach Mike Smith came along. It wasn't that way in the Vick and Petrino days and it certainly wasn't there when Vick was playing for Jim Mora, a coach whose ... - -
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Legacy of Mike Smith and Saline girls cross country team continues to grow - AnnArbor.com
Google News - over 5 years
While most cross country teams need a large bench for team gatherings, Saline's team packs into the high school's expansive gymnastics room to receive marching orders from coach Mike Smith every day. Is it an indifferent environment for students to
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ADVERTISING; Delivered Just in Time for Kickoff
NYTimes - over 5 years
IF professional football did not exist, Madison Avenue would probably try to invent it. The sport delivers large audiences for the important fall and Christmas shopping seasons. Those audiences almost all watch the games live, meaning there is no fast-forwarding through commercials during DVR playbacks. And each season culminates with a mid-winter
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Falcons coach Mike Smith eagerly awaits season - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Google News - over 5 years
The unassuming Mike Smith would join the Falcons as the head coach in January 2008 and promptly become the first person to lead the franchise to three consecutive winning seasons. But after winning the NFC South title and earning the No. ... - -
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Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith pleads not guilty to misdemeanor DUI charges - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
By AP, SAN DIEGO — Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor DUI charges resulting from his July 20 arrest hours after winning the opening-day stakes race at Del Mar. Smith entered his plea via his attorney Thursday at the
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Q&A: Mike Smith after the loss to Steelers - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
(Associated Press) PITTSBURGH – In the post-game interview, Falcons coach Mike Smith was not pleased with the defense giving up touchdown passes of 77 and 44 yards in the Falcons 34-16 loss to the Steelers on Saturday night. OPENING STATEMENT: It was ... - -
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Falcons say Mike Smith's open communication with over-30 veterans allows team ... - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
John Abraham has a pretty good idea of one reason why the Atlanta Falcons have found success under coach Mike Smith. It's an “Over-30 Club” of players whose regular dialogue with Smith has created an open line of communication from the head coach to
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Falcons look to Super Bowl with veteran team - FS South
Google News - over 5 years
For a franchise that had never posted back-to-back winning seasons until coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff arrived in 2008, the Atlanta Falcons are wading uncharted territory. Each year, it seems, they raise the ante on the
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Falcons' Smith looks forward to technique work in preseason opener - USA Today (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
That's the take from Falcons coach Mike Smith as he prepares for Friday night's preseason opener against the Dolphins while looking for more clues than normal in evaluating his team. With the lockout wiping out offseason
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike E. Smith
    FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details II) at Santa Anita Park on April 7, 2012.
  • 2008
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A year later, Smith returned to the Breeders' Cup with Zenyatta, this time to capture the Breeders' Cup Classic. Smith partnered Zenyatta to 16 straight victories of a 19-for-20 career that saw her become the only horse to win two different Breeders' Cup races, and the richest female racehorse with the earnings of $7,304,580. After capturing the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic on Royal Delta, Smith became the all-time leader for most Breeders' Cup wins, with 17. Smith was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2003. Smith is one of the jockeys featured in Animal Planet's 2009 reality documentary, Jockeys.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 39
    In 2005, he rode 50–1 longshot Giacomo to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
    More Details Hide Details The win, Smith's first in the Derby, was something of a vindication for him. He was aboard Giacomo's sire Holy Bull, the 2–1 favorite in the 1994 Derby, but could finish only 12th after Holy Bull was bumped coming out of the starting gate.
  • 2002
    Age 36
    In 2002, he served as the regular rider for his second Horse of the Year, Azeri.
    More Details Hide Details He rode Azeri to a win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, and also rode Vindication to a win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
  • 2000
    Age 34
    In 2000, he moved his home base from New York to Southern California.
    More Details Hide Details That year he won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award that honors a rider whose career and personal conduct exemplifies the very best example of participants in the sport of thoroughbred racing.
  • 1998
    Age 32
    The dangers of Smith's profession became evident in 1998, when he suffered major injuries in two separate spills.
    More Details Hide Details A broken shoulder in March took him out of action for two months. Then, in August, while leading the Saratoga meeting, he broke two vertebrae in his back, requiring him to wear a body cast for several months. He came back six months after the fall.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 28
    In 1994, he was voted the Mike Venezia Memorial Award for "extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship".
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    In 1994, he broke his own record for stakes wins with 68, 20 of them Grade I races.
    More Details Hide Details Several of those wins came while riding that year's Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year winner, 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.
  • 1993
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Among his highlights were a win in the Preakness aboard Prairie Bayou-who was later euthanized after breaking down in the Belmont Stakes while being ridden by Smith-and a successful defense of the Breeders' Cup Mile aboard Lure. That year, he won his first Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey, and also won an ESPY Award as top jockey.
  • 1991
    Age 25
    Also that year he got his big break by leading jockey in New York from 1991–93, with 330, 297 and 313 wins, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he rode his first Breeders' Cup winner, Lure, in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
    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).
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  • 1989
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, he established his home base in Southern California.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 16
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on August 10, 1965.
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