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The Notebook April 18, 2013

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Two-Minute Lick - Mike Smith

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has won 5,059 races, including a record 17 at the Breeders’ Cup. The Roswell, N.M., native—and regular rider of the incomparable Zenyatta—has already completed his personal Triple Crown, having captured the Kentucky Derby (Giacomo, 2005), the Preakness (Prairie Bayou, 1993) and the Belmont Stakes (Drosselmeyer, 2010). On May 4, Smith will look to add a second Derby win to his illustrious resume aboard Palace Malice. 

Name: Mike Smith

Most influential person in my career: I’ve had so many people help me out from great riders to trainers.  At a very young age, Pat Day was the first jockey who helped me a lot.

Other sports/teams I follow: I love all sports, but I love football.

My heroes: God

Most treasured possession/memento: My achievements – winning great races and then getting the Derby trophy, a Hall of Fame plaque and the Eclipse Awards.  Those are some of most treasured.

A pet peeve: I have so many. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so if something is not going right, I’m a bit peeved.

Music I listen to: I like everything … but Country music is my favorite.

Daily website you visit: I don’t turn on the computer.

Gadget I cannot live without: Cell phone

Hobbies away from Thoroughbred racing: Physical fitness

Favorite movies: There are so many that I like for different reasons, but as a kid I watched Grease at least 10 times, Olivia Newton John – boy, she was hot.

TV shows I watch: "American Idol," "The X Factor," "Dancing with the Stars"

Favorite foods: Steak. I like Italian food, too, but that puts too much weight on you.

Favorite exercise regimen: I work out so much. I work out every day with a personal trainer, and we do something different every day, and it works.

What I drive: Range Rover

If I could be a guest on any TV talk show it would be:Ellen – I watch her a lot. I know she doesn’t care for horse racing, and I would like to talk to her about that someday. She is still very cool, though.

If I could appear on any television show it would be: "Dancing with the Stars." After watching it several times, I thought I would like to try it.  It looks like a lot fun.

If I could be on stage I would play what instrument: Piano

Favorite musician/band: Elvis Presley

I’d like to have dinner with: Michael Jordan. He was a big-time steak eater. Maybe we could have a good steak together somewhere.

My philosophy on life: Be kind.

Favorite animal other than a horse: none

Twitter handle: I don’t tweet, but I’m thinking about doing it.

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