Belmont Winner Mike Smith:”That Mile and a Half Took a Lot out of Me”

June 07, 2010 | Ryan Chell

After winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, jockey Mike Smith may have been more tired than his horse.

On Saturday, jockey Mike Smith, atop Drosselmeyer, took home the trophy in the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown, in the 142nd running of the event.

After finally getting the win that has eluded him for over a decade, Smith, joining Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark on “The Morning Reaction”, told us that his way of celebrating the win was going back to the hotel, having a filet, and going to bed early. He didn’t say how the horse was after the race, but it certainly drained Smith

“That mile and a half took a lot out of me,” Smith laughed.

But it’s all in a day’s work for Smith, and he was so excited to finally get that elusive prize.

Mike Smith has won the Kentucky Derby, and now has the Belmont Stakes to add to his victories list.

“I’ve been blessed to do well in New York for so many years, but never got it done,” Smith said. “To pull it off, everything feels complete.”

Smith rode Drosselmeyer in Saturday’s race, who was slated as a 13-1 shot to win. 13 is a very unlucky number, and it was Smith’s 13th appearance in the race as well. But something about the horse made Smith feel confident going in Saturday.

“This was one of the horses that thought had a really good shot at it,” Smith said.

Smith said that all he had to do was pull out on the outside, and find the clear and it was home-sailing for the victory. With the win, he has won every leg of the Triple Crown in his career.

It was kind of weird for Smith, who actually said that he knows Belmont the best. He said to “The Morning Reaction” that he knows that fellow jockey Calvin Borel owns the Kentucky Derby, but he said the Belmont is his “home court” so to speak, and that a win in the race had to come his way eventually. But he also said that while he may know how many grains of dirt there are on the track, it all comes down to how the horse is manned out on it.

“I know the Belmont very well,” Smith said. “I’ve been very successful there.”

“The best fit for me is just to be on the best horse and to get the job done.”

Listen to Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark on “The Morning Reaction” from 6-10 am Monday through Friday on 1570 AM WNST.

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