08/20/2011 4:29PM

Del Mar: Spill leads to DQ


Righteous Renee, who finished fourth in the first race, was disqualified to an unplaced position after the filly drifted out and caused Honey's Prize to clip heels and fall on the turn of a maiden race over six furlongs.

Honey's Prize rose to her feet and ran off, appearing not to have suffered an injury. Jockey Martin Pedroza, riding Honey's Prize, was not injured, but was visibly upset after the incident. He stormed out of the front passenger seat of an ambulance that drove him back to the unsaddling area and jogged to a phone to talk to the stewards.

After a lengthy review, the stewards disqualified Righteous Renee for causing interference. Jockey Joel Rosario, who rode Righteous Renee, will not face a sanction, such as a suspension, according to steward Scott Chaney. Righteous Renee was racing on the rail, inside of Blazing Along and eventual winner Include Me Out on the turn, when the filly was in tight quarters, forcing Rosario to steady. She bumped with the hind end of Blazing Along and came out, into the path of Honey's Prize, who was stalking the leaders nearing the quarter-pole.

Include Me Out ($6.20) won by 2 1-2 lengths over Blazing Along in her first start since last August. 

The incident was the second time this week that Pedroza was involved in a spill. He was  unseated on Wednesday and took off his mounts on Thursday. Pedroza is expected to ride the rest of Saturday's program.