Mike Smith charged with DUI following Del Mar opener

by | 07.21.2011 | 3:15pm
Mike Smith on phone with stewards

Jockey Mike Smith was arrested Wednesday night on drunk driving charges as he drove home following the opening day of racing at Del Mar, the Daily Racing Form reported Thursday.

Smith tells the DRF: “I was driving on my home road down here, which is dark, and I got pulled over, and I blew a little over.  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.”

Smith posted bond overnight, worked horses this morning and planned to ride Thursday afternoon.  Local law enforcement had a heavy presence around Del Mar after the races Wednesday, stopping 350 drivers and arresting 15 people on suspicion of drunk driving.  It's not clear whether Smith was counted among those.

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