With two Grade 1 wins at Oaklawn last weekend, Mike Smith was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 8-14, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by FoundationDetox.com, America’s #1 Equine Toxin Remover.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby made its last stops last week at Keeneland and Oaklawn, and Mike Smith punched the final ticket in a 100-point race for Omaha Beach ($5.40) in the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) on Saturday.
Omaha Beach is owned by Fox Hill Farms and trained by Richard Mandella; this will be Mandella’s first Kentucky Derby starter since 2004.
Smith returned to the winner’s circle on Sunday in another Grade 1 event, this time aboard Midnight Bisou ($3.80) in the $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap. It was the third consecutive win for the Steve Asmussen trainee and her eighth career victory in 14 starts.
Smith finished second in a third stakes start, the Fantasy (G3), with Motion Emotion at Oaklawn on Friday.
Money Mike Smith lived up to his nickname, leading all North American jockeys by both total and stakes earnings for the week. He earned $1,155,250 in stakes races and added $1,221,350 to his 2019 earnings total of $4,032,189. In his career to date, he has earned over $322 million.
Smith won three races last week; in addition to the two stakes victories, he won a maiden special weight on Arkansas Derby day with Verve’s Humor ($8.80) for trainer Dallas Stewart and owner/breeder Charles Fipke. He finished the week in the money in five of his seven starts.
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