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  • Ouch! Mike Smith enjoying Del Mar too much

    The disappointing news comes on the heels of Del Mar's sensational opening day success

    Opening-day attendance rose for the seventh consecutive year at Del Mar on Wednesday, with an all-time record crowd of 46,588 packing seemingly every corner of the northern San Diego County racetrack.

    The ontrack attendance increased 2.8 percent from the 45,309 who attended the 2010 opening day. Those two days and the 2009 opening day crowd of 44,907 are the three highest ontrack audiences in track history.

    “Every year we wonder if we can beat last year,” said track president Joe Harper.
    Jockey Mike Smith arrested on DUI charges after Del Mar opener

    Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith was arrested on charges of driving under the influence Wednesday night by the San Diego County sheriff’s department after the opening-day card at Del Mar, but he posted bond overnight, worked horses early Thursday morning at the track, and said he would ride Thursday afternoon.

    “I was driving on my home road down here, which is dark, and I got pulled over, and I blew a little over,” Smith said Thursday afternoon. “It wasn’t like I was going 100 miles per hour, or being reckless. I was going a little over the limit on my home road.”
    Del Mar's racing was good watching as were the patrons on TVG. I suspect the minor arrest won't stop Mike from making the "Battle of the Ex's" matchrace with Chantal in August

  • #2
    Well, grrrrrrr.

    Other than the DUI news , glad to hear of the good crowds at Del Mar. I really enjoyed watching Mr. Commons' win on the turf!


    • Original Poster

      A bit of an odd point with the Mike Smith incident - San Diego Channel 10 News:

      According to sources, Smith was booked into the San Diego County Jail where he posted $2,500 bond.

      When 10News contacted Smith's agent, he said he was unaware of the allegations.

      "No, I didn't hear anything about it," Smith's agent told 10News. "Like I said, I saw him at 5:30 this morning. He was working a horse and he worked one right after that and never said a word about it. So, I don't know what a... you know, I don't know anything, he never said a word."
      Anyhow to something more positive here is the replay of Mike Smith's winning effort yesterday on Mr. Commons - replay: Del Mar July 20, 2011 - Oceanside Stakes (turf)

      The Oceanside was Mr. Commons’s first start since an eighth-place finish in the Preakness Stakes on May 21 when he was ridden by Victor Espinoza. Earlier this year, Smith rode Mr. Commons three times – a win on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita in January, a win in an allowance race in late February, and a third in the Santa Anita Derby.

      John Shirreffs trains Mr. Commons for Ian Banwell’s St. George Farm Racing. A colt by Artie Schiller, who won the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Mile, Mr. Commons has won 3 of 6 starts and $253,660.


      • #4
        What a brilliant idea to have sobriety check-points set up on Del Mar's Opening Day. Whoever thought of it deserves a raise.

        Hopefully they'll do it again next year, and if the word gets out ahead of time,
        maybe less people will go, and the horrible Opening Day traffic - racing fans +
        locals + commuters - will be less !

        i think i'll call SDPD right now....


        • Original Poster

          Anyone interested at all in the Del Mar gimmick of "Battle of the Exes"?

          DRF Aug 3, 2011

          Jockey Mike Smith will ride 3-5 favorite Joker Face in a one-mile match race against his former fiancée, Chantal Sutherland, on Sunday.

          Dubbed the Battle of the Exes, the $31,000 race will be run as the third or fourth on Sunday’s program.

          The match race features two maiden claimers who will be making their first starts of the meeting.

          Joker Face, who drew the rail, is winless in four starts and was beaten a neck as the 4-5 favorite in a $30,000 claiming race for maidens race over 7 1/2 furlongs on July 8, his most recent start for trainer Peter Eurton. The match race will be the first time that Smith has ridden Joker Face.

          Sutherland rides Parable, who is winless in eight starts. Trained by Carla Gaines, Parable was third in a $40,000 claiming race for maidens over 1 1/16 miles on May 21, his most recent race. Parable has been working steadily at Santa Anita and Del Mar in recent weeks.
          Smith indicated in a TVG interview (below) that he would ask Chantal if she'd be game for making this a winner-take-all with the purse. I'd have to think that has some merit as a request.

          Video: TVG interview of Mike Smith for the "Battle"


          • #6
            Will be there, but decided to go with friends before we knew about
            the race.
            I was there last Sunday - Turf Club was deserted. May be this race will help...


            • Original Poster

              They agreed to a change with the purse being "winner take all" but Smith nixed the dinner afterwards if Chantal wins as that's a bad idea not just with the pending DUI charge but also with his new girlfriend

              The race will feature an interesting twist if both parties accept the proposition pitched by Smith at the press conference.

              “I want to propose that this be a winner-take-all race,” Smith said. “In the words of Ricky Bobby [from the movie “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”], ‘If you ain’t first, you’re last.’”

              Sutherland accepted Smith’s challenge, with a caveat.

              “If you beat me, we go to the restaurant of my choice and I’ll pick the wine,” Sutherland said. “You taught me about doing that.”

              Smith did not seem keen on that part, saying “the new girlfriend” probably would not support it.
              I'm tempted to cite another Canadian (like Chantal) and her infamous song on the subject of exs ... Alanis Morissette You Oughta Know.

              By the way the CHRB is giving a three-day stay with a penalty against Chantal until this gimmick occurs. The stay keeps alive the fifth match race in Del Mar track history.


              • Original Poster

                For those who didn't get to see the race: Video - "Battle of the Ex's" race at Del Mar

                Not a lot of drama at the end of the day if you ask me, but it likely put a few more people in the seats at Del Mar.


                • #9
                  Jeepers... Welcome to Del Mar. Anyone and everyone will blow over from the Slurp and Straddle to The Brig to T's, to the Fish Market or Red Tractons.
                  The Pamplemousse is a bit better class and a Mikey hang out.
                  As much as it's appalling, welcome to Del Mar. They could stop any to every vehicle and get someone to blow over. Don't know why they don't.
                  BUT it's Del Mar!


                  • #10
                    Weren't Match Races banned after Ruffian-Foolish Pleasure?

                    I thought Match Races were verboten after the '75 Foolish Pleasure - Ruffian race tragedy. Obviously not, as Del Mar did it in 2003 with ANOTHER "Battle of the Sexes" this time Julie Krone and Patrick Valenzuela as written up in the blurb on this year's match race: http://bit.ly/BattleOfExes

                    Were Match Races just socially "not cool" after the Ruffian tragedy and have become accepted now decades after and memories have faded? If they were banned by The Jockey Club after Ruffian's race, did the JC change their mind and it's okay by them now?

                    I'm old enough to remember the Billie Jean King vs Bobby Riggs (what an odd duck) set-up. The "Battle of the Sexes" in Tennis at the same time lent itself to the fervor that went with the Ruffian vs Foolish Pleasure race.

                    Just curious as I could swear I had seen it written that Match Races were off the table as far as the JC was concerned.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
                      The disappointing news comes on the heels of Del Mar's sensational opening day success

                      Jockey Mike Smith arrested on DUI charges after Del Mar opener

                      Del Mar's racing was good watching as were the patrons on TVG. I suspect the minor arrest won't stop Mike from making the "Battle of the Ex's" matchrace with Chantal in August
                      "I blew a little bit over"... grr. Some people just piss me off so bad. How many people have to be killed before people realize drinking and driving is not any better than taking a loaded gun out and randomly shooting it all over?
                      "Sadly, some people's greatest skill, is being an idiot". (facebook profile pic I saw).


                      • #12
                        JC ban a type of race? It's amazing the power and authority that people on this board ascribe to the JC.
                        They keep a studbook. They have a subsidiary that keeps a database of race records. That's it.
                        Racing in the US is governed by boards/commissions appointed by individual state governments, and whatever rules individual tracks wish to create and implement.


                        • #13
                          match racing has never stopped. posT Ruffian.t was tragic. BUT not a result of the match race. It could have been any race or workout


                          • Original Poster

                            Originally posted by Blinkers On View Post
                            match racing has never stopped. posT Ruffian.t was tragic. BUT not a result of the match race. It could have been any race or workout
                            Agreed. Economically it makes precious little sense to have and for that you'd think a track wouldn't encourage it. It's a win wager only and such a race isn't used in pick-6 type of exotics.


                            • #15
                              It's good publicity, though, and it gets butts in the seats and bettors at the track.

                              As for Ruffian, just bad luck it was a high-publicity event and gave match races a black eye. But she was a wakling time bomb and unless they'd retire her that ankle would have exploded eventually.
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                              • #16
                                Eh, I thought the "Battle" had a high cheese factor but if it gets butts in seats and a bit of general interest from the public without too much loss of dignity (I'm speaking of the horse's respective dignities, not Chantal's or Mike's), it's a good thing.

                                There were some funny moments in the coverage but some cringe-worthy ones too.

                                As an aside I don't understand how match race conditions would have any impact on a tragic breakdown.


                                • Original Poster

                                  Unrelated to Del Mar but on the heels of Mike Smith getting charged with an under the influence - although yet to appear in court, so innocent until .. - you now have Calvin Borel charged with the same. Disappointing.

                                  Aug 21, 2011 DRF "Jockey Calvin Borel arrested for DUI"

                                  Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel was arrested and jailed Saturday night in Evansville, Ind., for driving under the influence.

                                  [Borel] was released Saturday night, shortly after being jailed. The arrest occurred at about 10 p.m. Central on U.S. 41, the main north-south highway that runs through Evansville and alongside Ellis. The station reported Borel was pulled over by Indiana State Police for making an unsafe lane movement. Hissam said Borel’s blood-alcohol content was “barely over” the legal limit of .08 percent.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Add yet another although not for driving but rather would-be riding while intoxicated at Del Mar:

                                    Jockey Tyler Baze sits out after failing breathalyzer test (Aug 21, 2011)

                                    Jockey Tyler Baze, who has been off his mounts at Del Mar since Friday, failed a breathalyzer test ordered by the track physician that day and, though named on mounts on Wednesday, will not be allowed to ride until meeting with the stewards Wednesday morning and being re-evaluated, steward Scott Chaney said Sunday afternoon.
                                    Krazy stuff IMHO.

                                    Also wild at Del Mar: Sister Moon in her maiden sets Del Mar track record

                                    Sister Moon, a long, lanky 2-year-old filly owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Sadler, scored an impressive 10-length victory ahead of Candy and Thunder to set a Polytrack record at Del Mar for 5 ½ furlongs. Sister Moon covered the distance in 1:02.70, beating the mark of 1:02.71 set by Sidney’s Candy on Aug. 22, 2009.
                                    She was flying with Joel Rosario up.

                                    By the way if you get the name connection ... its yet again a Moss owned horse linked to Sting: Sister Moon from the 1987 album ".. Nothing Like the Sun"


                                    • #19
                                      Glimmerglass, out of simple curiosity, I have to ask, why is this particular topic "Jockeys and DUI' one that you chose to plump on COTH?

                                      I totally agree that one should absolutely NOT drive under the influence of any sort of intoxicant. No argument there!

                                      However, I can't think of a reason why I would bring it up on COTH when a jockey has been pulled over. So, I'm wondering why you are.

                                      Just curious.