The California Horse Racing Board suspended jockey Mike Smith for four days Thursday for causing interference in the stretch of a race May 6. The suspension will not prevent him from riding Justify in the Preakness.
According to the Blood-Horse, the suspension is scheduled for May 17-20, the time period of the second leg of the Triple Crown, but Santa Anita stewards said stakes on Preakness day (May 19) and Black-Eyed Susan day (May 18) are considered “designated” races and therefore exempt from the suspension.
If Smith chooses to ride in the Preakness, he would have to serve the suspension another day.
The four-day ban was handed down for Smith's ride on Achira in an allowance optional claiming race last Sunday. In a controversial decision discussed on social media, the filly was not disqualified.
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