Mike Smith Earns Three-Day Suspension For San Felipe Incident With McKinzie

by | 03.12.2018 | 3:33pm
McKinzie and Bolt d'Oro battle to the wire in the San Felipe

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith was given a three-day suspension by the Santa Anita stewards because of the incident in Saturday's G2 San Felipe Stakes, which resulted in his mount McKinzie's disqualification. According to drf.com, the dates of Smith's suspension will be carried out on Mar. 18, 22, and 23.

McKinzie, trained by Bob Baffert, crossed the wire a head in front of Bolt d'Oro in the San Felipe, but a lengthy inquiry resulted in the stewards' decision to disqualify McKinzie.

Speaking on behalf of stewards Grant Baker, Scott Chaney and Kim Sawyer, CHRB Chief Steward and former Eclipse Award-winning jockey Darrel McHargue issued the following statement on Saturday regarding the San Felipe DQ:

“It was a unanimous vote, yes. There were two incidents at the top of the stretch. The shots that were shown were inconclusive as to who initiated the contact at the top of the stretch.  So they couldn't be clear on any one horse. The incident near the sixteenth pole was clear.

“McKinzie, number four, came out under a left handed whip and shifted number one, Bolt d'Oro, out, off his path and cost him a better placing. The margin of win was only a head, so therefore, McKinzie was taken down.”

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