He rode the great Zenyatta, a horse that won 19 of her 20 races, to 16 consecutive victories but was heartbroken when he was unable to guide the mare to her 20th win in her last race, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Earlier in 2010, however, Smith had won his first Belmont Stakes on a chestnut colt name Drosselmeyer.
If things went as anticipated, he spent parts of Friday in New York with family – his mother, Vidoll Daniel, from Roswell; his brother Raymond, who lives in Arizona; Aunt Elizabeth and Uncle Jim Brockmann from Santa Fe; a bunch of others, all of them there to see Smith and support his ride in today’s Belmont Stakes.
Copyright © 2018 Albuquerque Journal Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith should be rested and ready for business today.
The weather forecast for the Belmont as of Friday called for possible showers, which might mean another muddy track, a factor that apparently is not a problem for Justify.
But at 1½ miles, the Belmont is the longest of the Triple Crown races, the biggest test of a horse’s heart and hardiness and a significant barrier to Triple Crown success.
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