Bobby Flay’s Her Smile Ready to Run

By Justine Frostad — 05/06/11

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is running a filly called Her Smile in the Kentucky Oaks. Today’s race is another milestone in Flay’s horse racing life.
“This is a dream come true for me. I never wanted to win the Kentucky Derby. I always wanted to win the Oaks because I buy fillies,” he said.
Flay says he sought the help of trainer Todd Pletcher to prepare the filly for the big race.
“To me Todd Pletcher is the best in the entire game,” Flay said. “He’s got a great mind and learns every single thing about every single horse he has.”
Yesterday Flay went to the backside to watch Her Smile train and she “looked really calm and relaxed,” he said.
Her Smile is at 20-1 odds and facing some tough competition from the other 12 fillies in the race. But Flay says he thrilled to have a horse in the running.
“That’s the ultimate race for fillies,” he said, “so as soon as that gate opens up I’ll feel like I’ve won.”