Updated on 09/16/2011 7:01AM

Delta jockey gets a Dubai dream ride

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VINTON, La. - Delta Downs's second leading jockey, Guy Smith, will have to put his quest for the track's riding title on hold this week.

Smith has the call on Triple Five, a 5-year-old Arabian mare entered in the $250,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic, the world's richest race for Arabians and part of Saturday's Dubai World Cup card at Nad Al Sheba.

Smith left for Dubai on Wednesday and will not return until March 28.

A winner of 12 of her 13 career starts, Triple Five has not raced since winning the $50,000 Arabian Cup Championship at Delaware Park last Oct. 14. Smith has been aboard for nine of Triple Five's victories.

Smith won four races on last Saturday's program for the third time this season.

* A power outage last Sunday night resulted in the cancellation of the final seven races of the 12-race Delta card, but things could have been far worse.

The track went dark during the running of the fifth race just as the field of $10,000 claimers was turning for home. In the resulting chaos, both Kelly Spanabel and Jason Tervort were thrown from their mounts. Although there were no serious injuries to either riders or horses, Spanabel and Tervort were taken to a local hospital for observation as a precautionary measure.

The blackout was the second in three nights here. Even though power was restored some 20 minutes later, the stewards decided to scrap the remainder of the program because they were not certain the lighting system was completely repaired.

* In the 16 days since the slots parlor opened on Feb. 13, Delta won approximately $7.9 million from slots players. The reported attendance was 134,015 during the same period.

With 15 percent of net profits earmarked for purses, Delta horsemen will get about $1.42 million from February slot revenues.