Monday, November 05, 2012
Mike Smith Wins Bill Shoemaker Award
Mike Smith Wins Bill Shoemaker Award as
Most Outstanding Breeders’ Cup Jockey
Arcadia, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2012) – Powered by victories on Royal Delta in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and Mizdirection in the Breeders’ Cup Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith has won the Bill Shoemaker Award as the most outstanding jockey of the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, held November 2-3 at Santa Anita Park.
Gomez made the competition extremely close with his win on Beholder in the Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies, two second-place finishes (Grassy – Marathon; Marketing Mix – Filly & Mare Turf) and two third-place finishes (Switch – Filly and Mare Sprint; Reneesgotzip – Turf Sprint).
Previous Bill Shoemaker Award winners:
2003: Alex Solis
2004: John Velazquez
2005: Garrett Gomez
2006: Frankie Dettori
2007: Garrett Gomez
2008: Garrett Gomez
2009: Julien Leparoux
2010: Garrett Gomez
2011: John Velazquez
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