Jockey Mike Smith, newly turned 52 last week, will be honored with the 2017 Laffit Pincay Jr. Award for meritorious service to racing.
The veteran rider known in racing circles as “Big Money Mike” for his propensity to win important races with large purses, will be feted in a ceremony at Del Mar on Aug. 20th.
Pincay, a member of racing’s Hall of Fame along with Smith, will present the award to Smith the night before at a fundraising event honoring the journeyman rider on behalf of the Winners Foundation.
This year, Smith’s major stakes-winning mounts include the 2016 champions Arrogate and Songbird.
The Winners Foundation aids persons involved in thoroughbred racing with substance-abuse issues. Tickets to the Aug. 19th awards ceremony are $100 and can be obtained by calling (626) 574-6498.