Mike Smith aboard Joker Face went wire to wire to win the 'Battle of the Exes' at Del Mar over Chantal Sutherland on Parable. The one-mile match race between the formerly engaged jockeys was a $40,000 claiming event with a purse of $31,000, which the two agreed would be “winner take all.”
Breaking powerfully from the gate to get the early lead then floating out wide in the first turn, Smith and Joker Face kept their opponent at bay, prevailing by two lengths at the finish.
Joker Face, a 3-year-old maiden gelding trained by Peter Eurton, had previously started four times, with two runner-up finishes for earnings of $16,660.
Time for the mile was 1:36.55, and Joker Face returned $3.20 in the win-only betting.
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