He is co-owner of the Aurora veterinary clinic. He is one of the clinic’s four vets.
A practicing veterinarian since 1973, he arrived in Aurora in 1979. Prior to moving to Aurora, he worked in Colorado.
Smith grew up on a farm near Phillips. He attended high school for three years at Phillips and graduated from Aurora High School in 1967.
As a vet, “I do a lot of work on horses,” he said. In addition to working with livestock, the practice sees a lot of small animals.
Smith has been around horses since he was very young. They were work horses. He didn’t show them.
He likes to watch the horses even if he is not registered for the race.
“I just like watching them run, watching them compete,” said Smith, who has worked a lot with coach Marvin Johnson.
He’s not at Fonner Park every day of the competition. But he’s there when he can be.
His wife, Jayne, is also involved in the horse trade.
8-year-old Jazzy Times has had success in the past. The horse has $ 496,154 in career earnings.
Years ago, Smith had an interest in a horse that won a crown in Canterbury. But he was one of the seven owners, so he didn’t see a lot of gains.