Michael Earl “Mike” Smith


Michael Earl “Mike” Smith


Horse racing in art


Peb's artwork depicts U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.

He set the North American Stakes record of the time with 62 victories in 1993. He followed his record-breaking Stakes streak of 1993 with a new record of 67 wins in 1994 and exceeded 5,000 career wins in 2012.

Smith won the Kentucky Derby in 2005 (Giacomo), the Belmont Stakes in 2010 (Drosselmeyer) and 2013 (Palace Malice), and the Preakness Stakes in 1993 (Prairie Bayou). In 2018, Smith became the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown aboard Justify at the age of 52.

He won Eclipse Awards in both 1993 and 1994 for Outstanding Jockey.

Smith was awarded the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2000 and was inducted in the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2003.


Pierre Bellocq, aka Peb


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Pen and ink with watercolor; 14 x 10 in.


still image

Original Format

Pen and ink with watercolor

Physical Dimensions

14 x 10 in.





Pierre Bellocq, aka Peb, “Michael Earl “Mike” Smith,” The Keeneland Library, accessed July 14, 2020, https://keenelandlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/8.

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