Tomorrow has been declared “Mike E. Smith Day” throughout New Mexico in honor of the Triple Crown-winning, Hall of Fame jockey.
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (R) has proclaimed Sunday, July 8 as the day to honor Smith, saying, “Whereas, one of New Mexico's most famous sons, Michael Earl Smith, rode Justify to victory at the Belmont Stakes on June 9, 2018, to join the exclusive group of jockeys who have won the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing, I, Susana Martinez, governor of the state of New Mexico, do hereby proclaim July 8th, 2018, as “Mike E. Smith Day” throughout the state of New Mexico.”
The popular Southern California-based reinsman will spend the day at Ruidoso Downs greeting fans and signing posters with all proceeds aiding the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund.
A proclamation will be presented to Smith, 52, trackside by Ray Willis, chairman of the New Mexico Racing Commission. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R) and State Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D), President Pro Tempore of the New Mexico State Senate will also recognize Smith.
Pearce will present a Congressional Certificate, and a United States Flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol. Pearce recently honored Smith by offering a floor speech in the U.S. House of Representatives recognizing Smith's achievements.