Smith relishes ride on swift Mor Spirit


Photographs by Mitchell PE Masilun

Mor Spirit, ridden by Mike Smith, wins the $250,000 Essex Handicap on Saturday by 2½ lengths at Oaklawn. Smith and Mo Spirit gave trainer Bob Baffert his 22nd stakes victories in 49 starts at Oaklawn Park.

HOT SPRINGS -- Jockey Mike Smith said Mor Spirit was "really ready" for Saturday's Essex Handicap, an understatement considering the heavily-favored 4-year-old turned in the fastest time for the 1 1/16th mile race in 30 years.

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