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Mike Smith tied Jerry Bailey for most BC Wins at 15
I like the popular saying: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."
And in the Breeders' Cup the pressure is at an all time high. All eyes are on the jockeys, and they must perform at their best under the toughest pressure.
And this year three big time riders won six of the 15 races. Corey Nakatani, John Velazquez and Mike Smith won two each.
Nakatani won the Juvenile Fillies with My Miss Aurelia and Turf Sprint with Regally Ready. Both were favorites, but had some questions going into the race. Nakatani answered all of them.
Johnny V won the Shoemaker Award for the Most Outstanding Jockey in the Cup races. He won the Juvenile Turf with Stephanie's Kitten and the Filly and Mare Turf with Perfect Shirl. He also finished second four times and third once.
Both of Johnny V's wins were great tactical rides from him, where he positioned the horse in the best spot to win.
Smith won the Sprint with Amazombie and the big one, the Classic with Drosselmeyer. He gave two great rides to win them, especially a perfectly timed ride with Drosselmeyer in the Classic. He learned from his close call last year.
With his two wins, Smith tied Jerry Bailey for the most wins by a jockey in Breeders' Cup history.