Jockey Mike Smith: Breeders' Cup Legend Talks About His Greatest Moments


With the countdown on until the 2021 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar, the all-time wins leader at the World Championships, Mike Smith, sat down for an interview with Ren Carothers. The Hall of Fame rider opened up about his favorite Breeders’ Cup memories and the horses with whom he made history – including Zenyatta, Arrogate, Songbird, Royal Delta and more. 

Hear what Smith had to say about whether he feels nervous before a Breeders’ Cup race and how he prepares himself mentally. He also talked about how he celebrated after winning the Triple Crown in 2018. Smith also looked ahead to this year’s Breeders’ Cup where he’ll hope to add to his record 26 victories. 

Plus, if you’re making the trip to the Breeders’ Cup this year, there will be plenty to see and do around Del Mar. Ren and Mike talk about their favorite places to eat – including Mexican, Japanese, Italian and more. 

Continue to follow America’s Best Racing for more videos and updates on the World Championships. Go to for features on the contenders, advice on how to play the races and everything you need to know about the Breeders’ Cup.

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