Mike Smith wins first STC International Jockeys Challenge ahead of Saudi Cup
American jockey Mike Smith won the inaugural STC International Jockeys Challenge at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh ahead of the Saudi Cup – the world’s richest horse race.
Smith, a US Hall of Fame jockey, won twice on Friday from four rounds of the competition during a historic day as Lisa Allpress became the first female jockey to win a horserace in Saudi Arabia.
“At my age, I’m stoked to win this jockeys challenge,” said Smith in a press release statement after his win.
“I’m so happy and very blessed. I was hoping to do well in the challenge and then we have the Saudi Cup tomorrow and I’m really, really looking forward to tomorrow. I think my filly tomorrow in the Saudi Cup, Midnight Bisou is going to love this track, she acts like she will,” he added.
The winner of the Saudi Cup’s feature race on Saturday will receive $10 million prize money, with a further $10 million distributed among the top 10 finishers.
The race is run over nine furlongs (1,800 meters) on dirt, with a maximum of 14 runners at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh.