December 8, 1989 |
If they can get the backing of individual state racing commissions, members of the Jockeys' Guild will have struck a positive blow against one of racing's biggest negatives--drug use by riders. At a meeting this week in Las Vegas, the guild, which represents most of the riders in the United States, adopted a broad policy that is more than cosmetic, it is a step that should discourage the use of cocaine and other drugs in jockeys' rooms around the country.
January 10, 1992 |
Julio Pezua was suspended for careless riding and Nick Santagata fined Thursday by track stewards, a day after the jockeys fought in the paddock at Aqueduct. The altercation, which resulted in hospital treatment for Pezua, happened after Wednesday's ninth race. Pezua, suspended for 10 days, won the race aboard Talc's Reward but was disqualified to last for interference.
September 28, 1994 |
A jockey who pulled a rival off his horse after losing a race was banned for six months on Tuesday. Kieran Fallon of Ireland was found guilty of violent and improper conduct on a racecourse. He received one of the stiffest sentences ever handed out by the disciplinary committee of the Jockey Club, the governing body for British horse racing. Fallon pulled Stuart Webster off his mount, Sailormaite, after Sailormaite had won the John Mangles Memorial Handicap at Beverly on Sept. 14.
December 14, 1993 |
Another agent has dropped Pat Valenzuela, the troubled jockey who skipped a $27,500 payday Sunday when he called in sick and didn't ride the victorious Fraise in the $500,000 Hollywood Turf Cup. Nick Cosato, who has been booking Valenzuela's mounts for about three months, said Monday night that he has quit working for the 31-year-old jockey. "I can't believe what happened Sunday," Cosato said. "It was a slap in the face to me as a professional agent."
September 13, 1994 |
Jockey Ray York, packing 120 pounds, finished last in a derby at Del Mar the other day. "Wait a minute!" you say. "Ray York? What kind of a time warp is this? Ray York hasn't been on a racetrack in 10 years. What is this, 1953?" Besides, Ray York wouldn't finish last on a rocking horse. He won the Kentucky Derby, no less. Not many jockeys can make that claim. Ray rode the great Determine in his best years.
January 19, 1990 |
Coming in the wake of recent spills, suspensions and fines among the leading members of the Santa Anita jockey colony, Thursday's 15th anniversary of the death of Alvaro Pineda supplied a poignant chord amid the tumult. Pineda was killed at Santa Anita on Jan. 18, 1975, when his mount in the third race, a colt named Austin Mittler, reared in the starting gate and smashed the jockey's skull against a steel post at the back of the stall.
May 1, 1990 |
A jockey, suspended by Louisiana for allegedly cheating to win a fog-shrouded race, pleaded innocent in state district court Monday to a misdemeanor charge of attempted theft. A trial date of June 12 was set for Sylvester J. Carmouche Jr., 30, of Carencro. The charge to which he pleaded innocent is punishable by up to six months' imprisonment and a $500 fine. The Louisiana State Racing Commission earlier this month suspended Carmouche from racing for 10 years as the result of a Jan.
October 18, 1990 |
Ricky Frazier, the jockey whose incorrect postrace weight resulted in the disqualification of a horse finishing first in a $250,000 race last Sunday at Bay Meadows, has been fined by stewards on two previous occasions in the last 13 months for violations related to weight. In September, 1989, the stewards at Bay Meadows fined Frazier $100 because of two weight problems. Bob Novelli, clerk of scales at the track in San Mateo, Calif.
February 27, 2005 |
Two horses died and three jockeys were hospitalized Saturday in a chain-reaction spill in the eighth race at Santa Anita. According to a hospital spokeswoman, Alex Bisono suffered a possible separation of his left shoulder. He complained about pain in his left forearm and also sustained abrasions to the left side of his face. He was listed in fair condition. David Flores was undergoing X-rays for an elbow injury, according to his agent, Scott McClellan.
October 24, 2006 |
It's Monday morning on a chamber-of-commerce day at Santa Anita race track, and jockey Jon Court is looking toward the striking blue sky and glimmering mountains, going to a place in his mind he visits often these days. Family land. "My dad would have been 76 today," Court says. "I just looked up there and wished him happy birthday."