Experience pays off for Smith and McKinzie

EXPERIENCE PAYS FOR SMITH AND MCKINZIE Knowing what you got is always good and having the guts to trust your stuff can yield great things. When you have the confidence to make a chancy call and it works it can be legendary. When Mike Smith guided three-time grade 1...

Malibu like Dancing with the Stars for McKinzie

MALIBU LIKE DANCING WITH THE STARS FOR MCKINZIE So if you tuned in to the December 26 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita you saw quite the performance from a very talented three-year old. In fact, it was so impressive, if this were an episode of Dancing with the Stars, the...

Belmont day takeouts for a hillbilly

BELMONT DAY TAKEOUTS FOR A HILLBILLY Give the New York Racing Association a lot of credit for hosting an outstanding day of racing on June 10. What a card! I think overall the magnificent day was a little like a visit to my Granny’s house for Sunday dinner. She always...

Songbird sweet music for Smith

As if things were not good enough already for hall of fame jockey Mike Smith, champion filly Songbird is slated to make her long awaited 2017 debut in the Ogden Phipps on Belmont Stakes day (June 10). Having been beaten only once by a flaring nostril in the 2016...

Kentucky Oaks another feather for Baffert and Smith

KENTUCKY OAKS ANOTHER FEATHER FOR BAFFERT AND SMITH When Abel Tasman circled the field and won the Kentucky Oaks, was anyone really surprised to see Bob Baffert and Mike Smith in the winner’s circle on the big stage again? Perhaps their philosophical approach and a...