They were once engaged, Mike Smith and Chantal Sutherland. He is older and a Hall of Fame jockey. She is an up-and-comer whose interests extend to modeling and acting. Under the lights at Churchill Downs on Saturday night, however, they were just two riders on a couple of horses nobody thought had much chance of winning the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Jockey Mike Smith aboard Drosselmeyer celebrated after winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday.
Smith’s horse, Drosselmeyer, was a plodder who had pretty much disappeared since winning the Belmont Stakes last year. Since then, Drosselmeyer had won only once, in a minor stakes race, in six starts. Sutherland’s horse, Game On Dude, was a run-early type who figured to press a wicked pace but was not thought to possess the class to hold off Uncle Mo, a former 2-year-old champion, let alone hold his own against the filly Havre de Grace, the European invader So You Think and America’s best older horse, Flat Out.
Source: The New York Times