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D.M. Smithwick

D.M. Smithwick
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   Daniel Michael “Mikey” Smithwick was an accomplished amateur steeplechase jockey – winning a record six Maryland Hunt Cup races – before he turned to training jumpers in the early 1950s.

   Once he turned to conditioning steeplechase racers, Smithwick relied on his brother, Hall of Famer Paddy Smithwick, to do the riding. The brothers forged a successful partnership until Paddy Smithwick retired because of injuries in 1966.
Mikey Smithwick was steeplechase racing’s leading trainer in number of victories 10 times and in purses won 13 times. His best horse was Mrs. Ogden Phipps’ Neji, the Champion Steeplechase Horse of 1955, 1957, and 1958. Neji, a Hall of Fame member, won the Grand National three times and the Temple Gwathmey twice.

  Other champions trained by Smithwick included Hall of Famers Bon Nouvel and Jay Trump, as well as standouts Ancestor, Mako, Top Bid, and Straight and True. Smithwick captured the first two runnings of the Colonial Cup with Top Bid in 1970 and Inkslinger in 1971.

  D.M. Smithwick was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1971.