Hamilton Smith

Birth Date: January 29, 1945
Birth Place: Orangeburg, South Carolina

STATISTICS: STARTS 1st 2nd 3rd MONEY
2017 301 33 42 42 $1,263,806
CAREER 12,865 1,915 1,832 1,737 $37,879,804

2017 SEASON: finished with 30 wins on the local circuit, 18 coming from 117 starters during Laurel Park’s fall meet … finished the year-ending stand third in wins and purses earned ($653,027) … ranked eighth with $254,536 in purse earnings during Laurel’s summer meet … saw multiple juvenile stakes winner Greatbullsoffire limited to one start during his sophomore season with minor injuries … 2014 winner Talk Show Man ran third in his return to the Maryland Million Turf … won Donna Freyer Stakes with Fanniebellefleming.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: finished sixth on the local circuit with 42 wins in 2016…tied with Tim Keefe for the Laurel summer meet title with 10 victories…ranked first during that stand with $345,577 in purse earnings…ranked in the top 10 in all four Maryland meets…tied for fourth with 15 wins at Laurel’s year-ending fall meet…stakes wins came from Happy Mesa in the Selima, Greatbullsoffire in the Maryland Million Nursery and Maryland Juvenile Futurity, and Just Jack in the Howard Bender Memorial…ranked fifth in Maryland with 43 winners in 2015…finished in the top four at Laurel Park’s winter and summer meets as well as the Preakness Meet at Pimlico…captured the Maryland Million Distaff with Lionhearted Lady…won the Henry S. Clark Stakes with Talk Show Man…won the 2014 Selima Stakes with Miss Bullistic…had nine turf victories during Laurel Park’s 2014 fall meet with an average win ticket of $21.16…saddled Done Talking to a 14th place finish in the 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1) after winning the Illinois Derby (G3)…second or third in the Maryland trainer standings for four consecutive years (1998-2001)…shared the 2007 Laurel Park summer meet title… won three consecutive stakes in 1999 with Gin Talking, including the Maryland Million Lassie and Maryland Juvenile Filly championship…won four stakes races with Case Of The Blues in 2000…Blind Date won three stakes in Maryland in 2009 and the Virginia Oaks (G3)…Blind Date also won the 2010 Maryland Million Distaff…has saddled three winners in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship: Gin Talking (1999), True Sensation (2001) and Pour It On (2003)…first victory was with Pabida at Suffolk Downs in 1977…first stakes win with Johns Roll in the Timonium Futurity…named trainer of the year by the MTHA in 2009…won training title at Colonial Downs four times during a five-year period from 2006-2010…best year was 1999 when he set career-highs in wins (101) and earnings ($2 million).

PERSONAL: credits his brother Franklin and the Elloree, South Carolina training center as a key to his success…another brother John was a jockey in the late 40’s and early 50’s.