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Mike Smith Surpasses Jerry Bailey As All-Time Grade 1 Stakes-Winning Jockey

Mike Smith, still vanquishing Father Time at the age of 54, won four stakes races on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Three of them were Grade I's, setting a record for career Grade I successes at 217, one more than fellow Hall of Fame member Jerry Bailey.
“I think yesterday epitomized what Mike is all about,” said trainer John Shirreffs, who gave Smith a leg up on Hard Not to Love for her victory in the Grade I La Brea Stakes. “He's about the horse, and he's always been about the horse.
“It's the horse first; everything else is secondary. That's what I love about Mike.”
It was Smith's G1 Malibu win with Omaha Beach that officially broke Bailey's record.


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