'A great thing' as brother's horse scores trainer his milestone win



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Candy House Dixie swept previous her opponents at the a long way flip and powered throughout the stretch to run her win streak to 5 races and provides teacher Hamilton Smith his 2,000th profession victory Friday at Laurel Park.

Bred and owned through Smith’s older brother and ridden through Maryland’s 2019 champion jockey Trevor McCarthy, Candy House Dixie ($4.60) ran one mile in 1:40.44 over a quick primary monitor to seize the starter allowance for fillies and mares Four and up through 5 lengths.

Candy House Dixie was once bred in South Carolina, the place Franklin ‘Goree’ Smith owns and operates the Elloree Coaching Middle. Her sire is Performed Speaking, the 2012 Illinois Derby (G2) winner that supplied Hamilton Smith along with his lone travel to the Kentucky Derby (G1).

“It’s an ideal factor to occur, I will inform you that,” Smith stated. “Once I were given began I by no means idea I’d be round to win 2,000 races. I’m in point of fact satisfied to win it with a South Carolina-bred, and my brother’s horse. I had a large number of lend a hand alongside method. I’m pleased with it, I in point of fact am.

“The whole lot labored out nice. It’s beautiful distinctive, I’ve to confess,” he added. “We were given began years in the past down there, my brother and I, and we had been getting on yearlings once we had been 11 and 12 years previous and we’ve been operating in combination ever since. It’s been a excitement.”

McCarthy settled Candy House Dixie in fourth down the backstretch as 78-1 lengthy shot Sure Mz Adah posted fractions of 24.22 and 47.98 seconds. McCarthy swung the 4-year-old filly out of doors at the flip, ranged as much as the leaders and coasted previous for her 6th profession win, all at Laurel.

“We put the blinkers on her and he or she hasn’t been overwhelmed since,” Smith stated. “She tries exhausting.”

The 74-year-old Smith was once one in every of seven siblings rising up in Lone Megastar, S.C., serving to generally tend to just about 1,800 acres of soybeans, corn and cattle that comprised his father Dudley’s farm. He were given an early advent to racing from older brothers, John Edward, a jockey within the 1940s and 1950s who later grew to become to coaching, and Frank, nicknamed ‘Goree’ through their father.

A horse identifier at Penn Nationwide earlier than putting up his shingle, Smith registered his first winner April 22, 1977 at Suffolk Downs and earned his first stakes triumph with John’s Roll within the 1980 Timonium Futurity.

Beginning in 1999, when he set profession highs with 101 wins and $2.07 million in handbag profits, Smith has long gone directly to win or proportion 5 meet coaching titles at Laurel Park, the latest coming on the 2016 summer season stand. He has reached $1 million in seasonal profits for 22 consecutive years, beginning in 1998.

Smith has earned just about $41 million in profession handbags from greater than 13,000 starters, all with out an assistant. His son, Jason, has necessarily been filling that function in recent times.

Smith ranks Performed Speaking amongst his absolute best horses. Performed Speaking was once raised through his brother and supplied Smith along with his lone travel to a Triple Crown race. After surviving a major bout with colic that almost value him his existence the iciness earlier than his 3-year-old yr, Performed Speaking completed 12th within the Kentucky Derby (G1) at the back of I’ll Have Every other.

Different best horses educated through Smith come with 2005 and 2007 Violet (G3) winner Humoristic; 2009 Virginia Oaks (G3) winner Blind Date; Dr. Michael Harrison’s 2014 and 2018 Maryland Million Turf winner Communicate Display Guy; 2000 Maryland-bred Horse of the Yr Gin Speaking, a three-time stakes winner for Smith as a 2-year-old; and Giant Rut, who received seven stakes for Smith between 1996 and 1998.

“I’ve had 5 or 6 horses that in point of fact keep on with me so far as what they completed,” Smith stated. “It’s simply been exhausting paintings most commonly and being conscientious of what you’re doing. I’ve had some just right lend a hand alongside the way in which and it way so much. Naturally, it’s important to get the correct of inventory.”

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