Horse Racing - Smith wins American Oaks in Hollywood

Mike Smith, winner of the Belmont Stakes with Palace Malice in New York last month, followed up with another victory in Sunday's American Oaks in California.

Horse Racing - Stellar 2013 for superb Smith

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Jockey Mike Smith

Aboard Emollient, Smith rode to victory in the Grade 1, $350,750 race in Hollywood, ahead of Emotional Kitten and Topic.

"I got away slow, so I kept her covered up. She broke so flat footed I just put her right in behind," Smith said.

"I could tell how slow they were going, so I went for it to get on the clear and make the pace move. Looking back at it now, I can say it was a great move."

Now approaching his 48th birthday, the evergreen jockey seems to be following the example of the recently returned Gary Stevens by making light of his advancing years to score big wins.

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