'Speedy' Smithwick Passes Away


Speedy and Eva Smithwick in 2016 | Douglas Lees

Daniel M. Smithwick, Jr., better known as “Speedy,” passed away Apr. 23 in Middleburg, Va. He was 62.

A former amateur steeplechase jockey, Smithwick was the son of Hall of Fame steeplechase trainer D.M. 'Mikey' Smithwick and his wife, fellow steeplechase trainer Dorothy 'Dot' Fred Smithwick. After a successful steeplechasing career of his own in the 1980s, Smithwick deviated from his parents' path and became a flat trainer along with his wife, Eva. Among their most prominent owners was Jack Kent Cooke and among their top graded winners were Ziggy's Act and Zignew.

Smithwick eventually returned to his family's Sunny Bank Farm in Middleburg, where he focused on steeplechasing, foxhunting, and cattle herding.

He is survived by his wife, the former Eva Dahlgren; daughters Kathy Smithwick Swain and Patricia Smithwick; granddaughter Dorothy Adelaide Swain, who was named after his mother; brother Roger; and many close friends.

A memorial service will be held May 16 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, Va. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs.

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