SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Hall of Fame jockey accused of driving drunk hours after winning the opening-day stakes at this summer's Del Mar thoroughbred racing season pleaded not guilty Thursday to misdemeanor DUI charges.
Michael Earl Smith entered his plea via his attorney at the downtown courthouse business office. Because it is a misdemeanor case, he was not required to be present for the arraignment.
Smith, who is out of custody on $2,500 bail, has a readiness conference scheduled for Oct. 14.
Police arrested Smith shortly before 11:30 p.m. on July 20 in the 13900 block of Via Abertura, near Carmel Valley Road.
The 45-year-old Pasadena resident's 2011 Land Rover allegedly was weaving while passing through the area at very slow speed, prompting a patrol officer to pull Smith over on suspicion of DUI, said San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown. The jockey had left a restaurant a short time earlier.
On July 20, the opening day of the 72nd summer season of thoroughbred racing in Del Mar, Smith rode favorite Mr. Commons to victory in the featured $112,100 Oceanside Stakes in front of a crowd judged to be the largest in the oceanfront track's 74-year history.
Smith, a 2003 inductee in the horse racing Hall of Fame, has won 10 American Classic and Breeders' Cup races, including the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Preakness Stakes, according to the Keeneland thoroughbred racing agency.
Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will march Saturday afternoon to the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where they will protest immigration policies that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents.
A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton Saturday was described as a ``training fire'' by a base official.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped today for the 16th consecutive day, decreasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.697.
A crash on an Oceanside freeway Saturday morning left two cars on their roofs and sent one person to a hospital, a fire official
Cooler weekend for the County due to a low pressure trough moving through the Great Basin. Weak and shallow marine layer may still be slow to clear.
A stretch of road in National City was shut down briefly after a large crowd took to the streets to celebrate the Mexico national soccer team's 2-1 victory over South Korea today in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The San Diego Humane Society today urged residents to volunteer their homes as foster spaces for the influx of animals typically lost after Fourth of July.
A man was critically injured Friday night when he chased a ball into the street and was hit by a car.
Clayton Richard pitched three-hit ball over six innings for his fourth consecutive win and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Friday night.
A powerful show of support for migrants being held in detention facilities has hundreds of interfaith leaders gathered Friday night for a vigil and demonstration at the border.