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The past could not catch up with Smith

Updated: November 3, 2012, 3:22 AM ET
By Bob Ehalt

The 2012 Triple Crown ended about five months ago, but for jockey Mike Smith, the misfortunes of spring had to seem centuries ago as he reveled in a brilliant fall afternoon in California.

Sitting proudly aboard the victorious Royal Delta after Friday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, he took a handful of flowers from his filly's victory garland and tossed them into the air. As they floated down on him, he looked up to the sky with a golden smile brighter than the sunshine above. ...

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