I was going a little over the limit on my home road.” Smith said the incident occurred around 10 p.m. He said he had a few glasses of wine following the races, but did not eat much because he was watching his weight, and was headed home.
After posting bond, Smith was at the track very early Thursday, and, among others, worked the top sprinter Amazombie for trainer Bill Spawr.
Smith, the regular rider for Horse of the Year Azeri, he is scheduled to be aboard the 5-year-old mare in her 2003 debut in the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. Under the designated race rule, it's expected that he will serve the final day of his suspension the following day.
Smith had two mounts scheduled for Thursday, and said he would be on both. “I guess the next step will not be decided until my court date.” Smith won the opening-day Oceanside Stakes aboard Mr.
Commons for trainer John Shirreffs, with whom he teamed with the great mare Zenyatta during her 2010 Horse of the Year campaign.
Aleo and trained by Greg Gilchrest, finished first in the $62,500 maiden 3-year-old claiming test by 1 ¼ length, but was disqualified and placed third for interfering with third-place finisher Saint Lorenzo in the stretch drive.
Citing "failure to make the proper effort to maintain a straight course in the stretch, causing interference which resulted in the disqualification of his mount," stewards set Smith down April 3-5.
Smith ended his year by having major success at the Breeders' Cup, winning two of the races.
That year also included a win in the Kentucky Oaks on Princess of Sylmar, and the Santa Anita Handicap on Game On Dude.There was an extensive police presence in communities surrounding Del Mar following the races Wednesday.According to a local television news report, 15 people were arrested for DUI, though it is not known if Smith is included in that number.And knowing that Mike rides this horse at great speeds, you understand how brave -- and strong -- a person has to be for that.We decided to have Mike feed the horse some carrots, which triggered the idea to have the horse lick Mike's head.In order for that to happen, I had to dab molasses on the top of his head. Follow The Mag on Twitter (@ESPNmag) and like us on Facebook.