11/03/2013 6:34PM

Breeders' Cup: Smith edges Stevens for Shoemaker Award

Tom Keyser
Mike Smith won three Breeders' Cup races, including the Marathon witn London Bridge.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith won the Shoemaker Award for the second consecutive year as outstanding jockey of the two days of Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita on Friday and Saturday.

Based on a point system of 10-5-3-1 for top four finishes, Smith’s mounts gained 37 points, four more than Gary Stevens, who finished with 33 points.

Between them, the two veterans won five Breeders’ Cup races.

Friday, Smith won the BC Marathon on London Bridge and the BC Juvenile Turf with Outstrip. Saturday, he won the BC Turf Sprint for the second consecutive year with Mizdirection. He was also second with Laugh Track in the BC Sprint, third on Emollient in the BC Filly and Mare Turf and fourth on Royal Delta in the BC Distaff.

Smith, 48, is the all-time leading rider in earnings and wins in the Breeders' Cup.

 His mounts have earned $25,614,260. Retired jockey Pat Day is second with $23,033,360. Smith has 20 career wins in the Breeders' Cup, five more than retired jockey Jerry Bailey.

 Stevens, who came out of retirement in January, won the featured race each day – Friday’s BC Distaff with Beholder and Saturday’s BC Classic with Mucho Macho Man. Stevens finished first in Saturday’s BC Juvenile Fillies with She’s a Tiger, who was disqualified and placed second for interfering with Ria Antonia in deep stretch.

Stevens was second on Havana in the BC Juvenile and third in the BC Turf with Indy Point.

Sunday, Stevens was suspended three days for causing interference on She’s a Tiger. The suspension begins Saturday and continues through Monday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

The Shoemaker Award was inaugurated in 2003, the year that Hall of Famer Bill Shoemaker died. Shoemaker won the 1987 BC Classic on Ferdinand at the age of 56.


Patrick Ormond More than 1 year ago
This may be the big shock, but Stevens hit Ria Anotonia with his whip. Slow down the replay and behold the head on !
michael More than 1 year ago
Beholder, garys mount should be horse of year, not wise .
Virginia Mckenzie More than 1 year ago
As a long time horse player I am so impressed with Mike Smith. Mike has to go down as one of all time greats. I remember Arcaro, Shoemaker, Cordero, McCarron , Eddie D. , Pincay, Stevens and others over the years but Mike to me is the best.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
I would say cut the award in half and give it to the both of them. Smith and Stevens , Congrats..... As far as giving Stevens a suspension, now that is just wrong.
Holybull More than 1 year ago
Congrats to both these jockeys. Both of them are outstanding and deserving of the very best. I also think they tower over Johnny V. With that said I would like to wish Johnny a speedy recovery. ...On a lighter note, another win-less year for Pletcher in the BC. Has there ever been a more over-rated trainer than Tod? And what a come back year for Lukas!
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
and he will get the Eclipse because he has won the most money, despite faltering in the year end championships.
George Bailey More than 1 year ago
Looking back at the replay She's a Tiger did drifted out a lane or two and made contact with Ria Antonia, and because of the close margin of victory the case is made for disqualification, but Gary Stevens had the whip in his right hand the entire length of the stretch thus I see no grounds for a suspension.
Holybull More than 1 year ago
An excellent post a a great point. The stewards forget that when a jockey does everything he can to keep his mount in a straight path that he shouldn't be held responsible for a horse's insistence on drifting out. Shame on the stewards if they make Stevens serve that suspension., What a joke California has turned into.
Dan Fidel More than 1 year ago
The DQ is one thing, however, giving this guy days is pretty ridiculous given the fact it was not a blatant foul where the rider is actually trying to impede or making no effort to correct his horse. Maybe he asked to be set down so he could take a little break.I can"t believe his knees are holding up so well after having to quit because of them.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
It's obvious to everyone here, Gary's suspension following SaT's d/q is wrong. However, since Gary also won the 2 classics on the 2 best horses (a nod to both B and MMM), I'm sure he will enjoy a weekend with his family$$$$!
Christine Knapp More than 1 year ago
Suspension is a joke for Stevens. It wasn't even a unanimous decision to take his horse down and yet they suspend him? Stevens also had a better weekend than Mike Smith. Smith is overrated. How many times has he choked riding on the favorite in a big race? He embarrassed Royal Delta and Game on Dude. No excuse not to have Dude on the lead. Garcia would've been a better choice.
Sebastian Piscuskas More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry but I'm afraid you're mistaken. Smith put both horses in position and neither horse fired. End of story.
Lenny Flynn More than 1 year ago
Overrated? I think you're watching the wrong sport. Won 2 out of last 5 classics and was beat a nose and head in 2 of them. Won the Belmont this year. For my money he's the best jockey in the big races. No one is better.
jjklavins More than 1 year ago
Stevens cashed in 8/10 races 5.005 Mil purse money Moore 2/ 6 2.930 Smith 8/13 2.075 Castellano 8/12 1.930 M Garcia 2/ 6 1.925 Rosario 8/13 1.640 Lezcano 3/ 5 1.340 L Saez 2/ 6 1.080