- Published: Friday, 10 January 2020 19:16
Longtime Maryland-based trainer Hamilton "Hammy" Smith won his 2,000th race Jan. 10 at Laurel Park—appropriately with a South Carolina-bred filly owned and bred by his brother, Franklin.
Smith had two horses in to race on the Friday program in the first and second races, and Sweet Home Dixie won the second event, a starter allowance test for fillies and mares at one mile. The filly by Done Talking rallied four-wide at the head of the stretch under leading rider Trevor McCarthy and pulled away in midstretch to win.
It was her fifth consecutive win since Smith added blinkers in late September.
"This is a big thing to happen," Smith said of win No. 2,000. "I've had a lot of help along the way, and I'm very proud of this. It's hard work, being on the job every day and being conscientous. You also need to have the stock.
"My brother and I, when we were 11 or 12, started riding yearlings, so winning this race with a South Carolina-bred for my brother is special."
Smith's horses have earned more than $49.9 million. He has won multiple stakes including the Grade III Illinois Derby with Done Talking.