11/26/2010 1:48PM

Smith pitted against international riding stars at Tokyo Racecourse


Mike Smith will fly the Stars and Stripes for America in the World Super Jockeys Series at Tokyo Racecourse on Saturday. The three-race challenge will feature eight riders from six different countries in addition to seven Japanese jockeys.

The contest will begin with a one-mile dirt race, followed by a 1 1/4-mile turf race and a one-mile turf event. The winner will receive $35,700, the runner-up $23,800, and the third-place finisher $11,900.

Smith will be facing a sterling group of riders. Three of France's best - Christophe Soumillon, Christophe Lemaire, and Maxime Guyon - Ireland's Johnny Murtagh, Britain's Ryan Moore, Australia's Craig Williams, and champion Hong Kong apprentice Matthew Chadwick form the foreign contingent. The home team consists of Masayoshi Ebina, the rider of Nakayama Festa in Sunday's Japan Cup, along with Hiroyuki Uchida, Masami Matsuoka, Yusuke Fujioka, Yuichi Fukunaga, Shinji Fujita, and Kazumi Sugimura.

This will be Smith's third appearance in the Series, but he has also ridden in the Japan Cup once and in the Japan Cup Dirt three times. In the one-mile Fantastic Jockeys Trophy he will be aboard longshot Field Jewel. In the 1 1/4-mile Prominent Jockeys Trophy his mount is Tosen Goliath, a son of Kurofune coming off a win in a 1 5/8-mile contest at Fukushima, but who is breaking from the wide number 15 post. Smith's ride in the one-mile Excellent Jockeys Trophy is Meiner Elf, the winner of just one of his previous 21 starts.

Smith has also picked up two additional rides on Saturday. They are Tosen Ryoma in a 1 1/8-mile turf maiden, and Eiwa Nagi, who was a course and distance second last time in a similar seven-furlong dirt contest.