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Little Mike ©Laura Battles Little Mike ©Laura Battles


Owner: Priscilla Vaccarezza
Breeder: Carlo E. Vaccarezza
State Bred: FL
Winnings: 30 Starts: 14 - 2 - 1, $3,543,392

At 3:  2nd Monarch's Maze S. (Aqu,8fT)
At 4:  Won Fort Lauderdale S. (G3,GP,8.5fT), Canadian Turf S. (G3,GP,8fT), Appleton S. (G3,GP,8fT)
At 5: Won Breeders' Cup Turf (G1,SA,12FT), Arlington Million S. (G1,AP,10fT), Turf Classic S. (G1,CD,9fT), Florida Sunshine Millions Turf S. (R,GP,9fT) 3rd Shoemaker Mile S. (G1,Hol,8fT)
At 6: Won Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational S. (G1,Bel,12fT)
At 7: Won Flying Pidgeon S. (GP,8.5fT)
Foaled May 24, 2007.
Raced in North America, Dubai & Hong Kong. Returned from a 26 month layoff in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park, July 10, 2016.  Retired to Old Friends, Kentucky, July 29, 2016.
Modified On: 12/16/2020

2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf and Arlington Million winner Little Mike was 2nd ranked by eanings in North America that year, out-earning even Wise Dan. Bred in Florida by Carlo Vaccarezza, owned by Priscilla Vaccarezza, and  trained for most of his career by Dale Romans, he won the 2011 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (G3), Canadian Turf  Stakes (G3)—in which future Old Friends retiree Yankee Fourtune ran third—and the Emirates Airlines  Appleton Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park with Joe Bravo in the saddle. He opened 2012 by taking the Florida  Sunshine Millions Turf and repeating his Canadian Turf Stakes wins. On Derby Day Little Mike won the Grade  1 Woodford Reserve at Churchill Downs under Joe Bravo, and that summer captured the Arlington Million (G1)  wire to wire with Ramon Dominguez up. He crowned a spectacular year with the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), again  with Ramon Dominguez. The 2013 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont belonged to a partnership of  two of the greatest Mikes in racing, Little Mike and Mike Smith. In 2014, conditioned by Carlo Vaccarezza, Little Mike won a race dear to Old Friends hearts, the Flying Pidgeon Stakes, with Elvis Trujilo up. A 2016  comeback was mooted, but when the Vaccarezzas determined that his best interests were served by retirement,  they generously donated Little Mike to Old Friends. With a whopping 14 wins out of 30 starts and earnings of  $3,543,392, Little Mike showed not only talent but gameness and remarkable strategic versatility. In retirement  he shows an admirable level-headedness and lovable kindness.

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