Mon. Jan 18th, 2021

Mike Smith and the great mare Zenyatta lost by a nod in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. But Smith made it to the Churchill Downs winners’ circle today on 14-1 Drosselmeyer, longshot winner of the 2010 Belmont Stakes.

Front runner Game On Dude, with Smith’s former girlfriend Chantal Sutherland aboard, was overtaken on the outside to finish second. Ruler On Ice was third; Havre de Grace was fourth.

“Last year hurt and still hurts,” said Smith, who is now tied with Jerry Bailey with 15 Breeders’ Cup wins, more than any other rider. “But to come back and win on him – this is just the second time I’ve ever ridden him.”

It was Smith who rode Drosselmeyer to his 14-1 Belmont Stakes win.

“We knew he’d get the distance,” said Bill Mott, who conditions the Distorted Humor son for WinStar Farms. Mott, the all-time winning trainer at Churchill Downs, also won the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic on Friday with Royal Delta.

Breeders’ Cup Classic order of finish:


Bill Mott/Mike Smith

Game On Dude

Bob Baffert/Chantal Sutherland

Ruler On Ice
Kelly Breen/Garrett Gomez

Havre de Grace

Larry Jones/Ramon Dominquez

Flat Out
Scooter Dickey/Alex Solis

So You Think
Aiden O’Brien/Ryan Moore

To Honor And Serve
Bill Mott/Jose Lezcano

Ice Box

Nick Zito/Corey Nakatani

Rattlesnake Bridge
Kiaran McLaughlin/Calvin Borel

Uncle Mo

Todd Pletcher/John Velazquez

Stay Thirsty

Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano


Michael Maker/Paco Lopez