November 2, 2012 |
Quite the ladies' man, this Mike Smith. He may be bald, he may be just a little guy, and he may be just three years shy of that symbolic male decline age of 50. But put him in the saddle of a filly or mare in a big-money horse race and it is instant mutual love. Friday at Santa Anita, in a $2-million Ladies' Classic Breeders' Cup race that was expected to be the best and most closely contested of all the 15 races in this two-day, $25.5-million thoroughbred extravaganza, Smith guided his current girlfriend, Royal Delta, to a convincing length-and-a-half victory.
February 17, 1988 |
Weekend sports anchor Mike Smith is out at Channel 4, and the station has already hired a replacement. Tom Capra, Channel 4's news director, confirmed Tuesday that Bret Lewis, a Miami, Fla., sportscaster, will replace Smith. Lewis will begin his new job in late March or early April. Lewis, 40, has been the No. 1 sports anchor for WSVN, the NBC affiliate in Miami, the past four years. He previously worked at KSFW, the CBS affiliate in Dallas, which is Lewis' hometown.
May 3, 2013 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Around Clockers' Corner at Santa Anita, they will tell you never to ignore jockey Mike Smith in a big race, no matter the odds. Those who heeded that advice in the $1-million Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old females were happy Friday. Smith, riding 38-1 shot Princess Of Sylmar, dawdled near the rear of the field most of the race and then found a hole on the homestretch and guided the filly past all the bigger-name horses to victory. The Princess paid $79.60, $29.40 and $14. Smith's horse paid $727 for a $2 exacta, $3,470.80 for a $2 trifecta, and $12,445 for a $2 superfecta.
September 18, 1997 |
The art of shaping a custom surfboard requires persistence: you must fail before you can begin to succeed. "The surfer comes back and complains," said Bill (Blinky) Hubina, who has spent decades pondering the perfect outline, the finely crafted tail. "You look at the board and figure out what's wrong. You make adjustments."
November 28, 2009
To read that Clippers announcer Michael Smith babbled out some on-air, racist-sounding inanities, apparently intended to be humorous, is one thing. To find out that Ralph Lawler, a Hall of Fame-quality broadcaster, went along for the ride is, however, surprising. They both ended up sounding like a couple of dumb yokels just off the bus in the big city. But from Lawler we expect more. He should have had the presence of mind to stop the chatter as soon as he sensed its offensive nature. After all, Los Angeles is a cosmopolitan city, not some backwoods burg where ignorance passes for comedy.
November 7, 2009 |
It's a week before the Breeders' Cup World Championships and Mike Smith sits in a quiet corner of the Santa Anita jockeys' room, searching for words to describe Zenyatta's special qualities. The 5-year-old mare will try to extend her undefeated streak to a record 14 major races today when she competes for the first time against males in the marquee Breeders' Cup Classic. Smith, 44, a Hall of Fame jockey whose remarkable career spans nearly 30 years, says that Zenyatta is probably the best horse he has ridden and that if she prevails "she'll have to go down as one of the all-time greats."