‘I believe I can fly’?: Demuro suspended for horseback celebration at wire

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Jockey Mirco Demuro, who piloted Victoire Pisa to victory in the 2011 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), has been suspended for two days by stewards at the Baden-Baden Racecourse as a result of a bizarre incident during a stakes race on Sunday.

Demuro won the listed Berenberg Bank Cup aboard Samba Brazil. As he neared the finish line, Demuro dropped his reins and spread his arms like a swallow as he and the horse crossed the finish line.

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  • Have some dignity

    What is with these idiots??  He and Dettori both…. with his flying dismounts and such nonsense… its about the horse, not them…. “look at ME, look at ME….”

    • http://www.theracehorseexperiment.com/ Maureen Tierney

      It’s not look at me, look at me.  It’s the pure joy of being with the horse, virtually flying.  If you don’t ride racehorses, don’t assume.

      • Sandra Warren

        With respect, I disagree.  There are other riders involved all going at top speed.  You certainly never drop your reins.  What if he drifted over into someone’s path? What if the horse made a right turn and ran over someone in the winner’s circle, like the photographer?  A jockey is a professional and should act as such.  It’s a job he was paid to professionally accomplish.  He’s not a teenager riding an event course by himself.  Good for the stewards putting the brakes on that right off. 

        Frankie Dettori puts others at risk every time he launches off of a horse.  It doesn’t happen often, but it is possible that when he makes a startling move like that, a horse could bolt forward, kick out, jump sideways, and crash into someone else who is not Frankie.  Any horse can hurt you.

        • http://www.theracehorseexperiment.com/ Maureen Tierney

          Do you ride? Good riders know the horse they’re on. Apparently the guy in Dubai that someone said fell off didn’t. He deserved to fall off.

          Horses do not make sudden right turns unless they have behavior issues or something spooks them. In truth, they pay more attention to your weight and your energy than to the reins. The idiot in Dubai, who stood in the stirrups and turned to face the crowd clearly doesn’t know as much as he thinks he does.

          Jockey’s get little enough out of what they do, and all other sports allow celebrations – within reason – though I am personally not a fan of jockeys celebrating, I am old fashioned I guess, they should be allowed some expression. If they fall off, it’s on them, and perhaps they won’t do it again.

          I don’t Frankie Dettori is putting anyone but himself in danger. I do like to watch him fly off.

    • Concerned observer

      It is all about the horse?

      So owners and trainers should not celebrate, high five, scream, laugh, cry.

      Then why do it?

  • Have some dignity

    What is with these idiots??  He and Dettori both…. with his flying dismounts and such nonsense… its about the horse, not them…. “look at ME, look at ME….”

  • Bryan Langlois (ShelterDoc)

    He probably just was watching “The Black Stallion” and got inspired by it :)  Agreed that jockeys should hold their celebrations for after the race is over.  I have no problem with Dettoris dismounts…Cordero used to do it too.  After the race is over is fine.  I think I remember Lukas saying that if Chris Antley waved a finger again when winning a race on Charismatic after he did it in the Derby he was going to cut the finger off.  What Demuro did in this race though should garner more than a two day ban….that is really careless riding at its absolute most dangerous…

    • Just Beachy

       Yes. 

      Plus, horse:  totally focused, ears back, working his butt off. 

      Jockey:  Off the wall…  Oy vey… 

  • Bryan Langlois (ShelterDoc)

    He probably just was watching “The Black Stallion” and got inspired by it :)  Agreed that jockeys should hold their celebrations for after the race is over.  I have no problem with Dettoris dismounts…Cordero used to do it too.  After the race is over is fine.  I think I remember Lukas saying that if Chris Antley waved a finger again when winning a race on Charismatic after he did it in the Derby he was going to cut the finger off.  What Demuro did in this race though should garner more than a two day ban….that is really careless riding at its absolute most dangerous…

  • Kris

    Dropping the reins was an idiotic and dangerous move and a journeyman rider should know better.  It did look pretty cool though.  Next time Demuro, try the Jean Cruguet.

    • http://www.theracehorseexperiment.com/ Maureen Tierney

      As someone who gallops her own horses I can say that if you know your horse, dropping the reins isn’t a big deal.  In fact, for the one who complained that the horse is working away, dropping the reins is a signal to the horse that he no longer needs to work.  It all depends on knowing the horse.  Drop the reins on a 2-year old in his first race – probably not a good idea.  Drop them on a professional racehorse, not such a problem.  I am not a big fan of celebrations of that ilk, but good riders do know what they’re doing.  It IS their life at stake as well.

      • Itwasstillwrong

        Agree with you but at the same time what was the need to be doing what he did? What he did was stupid and he should be punished for it. You don’t need to be celebrating like that. Keep your hands on the reins and just ride it to the wire. There’s no need to celebrate. 
        And also, what if he fell off? I’m sure if he had fallen off the betting public, owners, trainer, etc. wouldn’t have been too happy…..

  • Kris

    Dropping the reins was an idiotic and dangerous move and a journeyman rider should know better.  It did look pretty cool though.  Next time Demuro, try the Jean Cruguet.

  • Just Beachy

    Beautiful picture, but it’s more important to be safe…DUH!!  

  • Just Beachy

    Beautiful picture, but it’s more important to be safe…DUH!!  

  • Just Beachy

     Yes. 

    Plus, horse:  totally focused, ears back, working his butt off. 

    Jockey:  Off the wall…  Oy vey… 

  • Barry Irwin

    Demuro is a top, top rider.

    While I admire the stoicism displayed by classic riders of the past like Braulio Baeza, I have to admit that showmanhip is what turns on the fans. When it is done out of exuberance, I kind of like it.

    • http://twitter.com/dingo353 Michael Mckay

      Showmanship doesn’t turn on the regular fans. It may possibly turn on the OCCASIONAL visitors though. You think when someone loses a bet(money) they want to see the winners showing off?

      • Convene

         After 50+ years I’m hardly an occasional visitor – and I love it that a jockey is so utterly overjoyed that he does something like this! No jaded, “Ho hum another win,” in this guy! Nice to see unbridled delight! As for whether a bettor shows off – win or lose – I don’t really care. If it bothers me, I’ll look somewhere else.

  • Barry Irwin

    Demuro is a top, top rider.

    While I admire the stoicism displayed by classic riders of the past like Braulio Baeza, I have to admit that showmanhip is what turns on the fans. When it is done out of exuberance, I kind of like it.

  • http://twitter.com/dingo353 Michael Mckay

    Showmanship doesn’t turn on the regular fans. It may possibly turn on the OCCASIONAL visitors though. You think when someone loses a bet(money) they want to see the winners showing off?

  • Maureen Tierney

    As someone who gallops her own horses I can say that if you know your horse, dropping the reins isn’t a big deal.  In fact, for the one who complained that the horse is working away, dropping the reins is a signal to the horse that he no longer needs to work.  It all depends on knowing the horse.  Drop the reins on a 2-year old in his first race – probably not a good idea.  Drop them on a professional racehorse, not such a problem.  I am not a big fan of celebrations of that ilk, but good riders do know what they’re doing.  It IS their life at stake as well.

  • Maureen Tierney

    It’s not look at me, look at me.  It’s the pure joy of being with the horse, virtually flying.  If you don’t ride racehorses, don’t assume.

  • http://Bellwether4u.com James Staples

    PINHEAD???…

  • http://Bellwether4u.com James Staples

    PINHEAD???…

  • NY Owner

    So dangerous!  If he did this on my brave (and expensive) horse, it would be his last ride, win or no win! 

  • NY Owner

    So dangerous!  If he did this on my brave (and expensive) horse, it would be his last ride, win or no win! 

  • David

    Convention seldom draws attention like occasional outside-the-lines behavior.  The NFL and NCAA’s “Excessive celebration” is arguably one of the more ridiculous attempts to hold down such and the penalty’s subjective nature makes it difficult to fit the crime.  Racing sometimes is guilty of preserving tradition by indicting color and change under the guise of safety.  No horse in the race, just ‘sayin.

  • David

    Convention seldom draws attention like occasional outside-the-lines behavior.  The NFL and NCAA’s “Excessive celebration” is arguably one of the more ridiculous attempts to hold down such and the penalty’s subjective nature makes it difficult to fit the crime.  Racing sometimes is guilty of preserving tradition by indicting color and change under the guise of safety.  No horse in the race, just ‘sayin.

  • Lisa Wintermote

    Totally agree with both Maureen & Barry on this one. It’s all in knowing your horse if you’re the rider and I think the absolute, uninhibited joy of the rider is definitely something a great many fans would enjoy!
    Those of you who have never ridden a racehorse, imagine yourself when you were young and riding a bike…no hands mom! That doesn’t do justice to the feeling you get when the horse under you is down and working, the freedom you feel, the exhilaration in the speed but it may give you an idea of it anyway.
    It really DOES feel like you can fly!

    • Kim Howell(Anita Xanax)

      No finer feeling in the world than feeling them level under you and WORK…the silence surrounding you broken only by hooves and panting breaths, morning most parting and rolling around you…religious experience.

      • Lisa Wintermote

        Amen Sister! And, don’t leave out feeling their heartbeat as they wait for the gate to open so they can explode… Heaven on earth…

        • B

          Obviously you dingbats have not been hurt enough yet

          • Lisa Wintermote

            7 broken ribs, 3 broken clavicles(2-left, 1 right), fused finger/joint on left hand, detached tendon on right index finger w multiple breaks, right knee operated on, broken toes (damn gates), 2 teeth knocked out (thank God 4 implants), right ocular bone fracture.
            Nothing serious… If I EVER get to the point that I choose safety over LIVING, I hope someone puts me out of my misery!
            Seriously, people who ride racehorses aren’t “play it safe” kind of people. Most are total adrenaline junkies. You have to be to ride a 1200lb horse running upwards of 40mph.
            And before you make a sarcastic comeback, I was firmly holding the reins when my injuries occurred. My list is pretty mild compared to most, if you ride, you are GOING to come off. If you start to feel the need to be “safe” it’s time to hang it up!

          • B

            Like i just said
            “Obviously you dingbats have not been hurt enough yet”

          • Maureen Tierney

            You realize what you’re saying, right?  No one who gets injured should ride?  There would be no horse racing.  Without people who love to ride – only a small percentage get rich riding races – who would ride?  Certainly not you, or people like you.

          • Convene

             Heck, if you’re that obsessed with not getting hurt, don’t go out walking (you might trip), don’t drive a car (someone might run into you) – don’t even get up to go to the bathroom in case you trip and fall into the toilet!
            Life’s a dangerous business but it’s supposed to be fun too. Still love this guy’s unbridled joy in victory. It’s refreshing to see someone having so much fun!

    • Brian

      How does this Jack..s “know” this horse? does he gallop him every day? No
      does this horse run in front of a crowd at the same track every day? No 
      if it is a million to one shot of getting hurt by doing something that stupid those are not good odds 

  • Lisa Wintermote

    Totally agree with both Maureen & Barry on this one. It’s all in knowing your horse if you’re the rider and I think the absolute, uninhibited joy of the rider is definitely something a great many fans would enjoy!
    Those of you who have never ridden a racehorse, imagine yourself when you were young and riding a bike…no hands mom! That doesn’t do justice to the feeling you get when the horse under you is down and working, the freedom you feel, the exhilaration in the speed but it may give you an idea of it anyway.
    It really DOES feel like you can fly!

  • stlouiskid

    I am never critical of someone who does his job while an ambulance is following him around. Like the line in Cindarella Man, don’t tell me the risks, this is my profession, I know the risks.

  • stlouiskid

    I am never critical of someone who does his job while an ambulance is following him around. Like the line in Cindarella Man, don’t tell me the risks, this is my profession, I know the risks.

  • Concerned observer

    Some jock, somewhere does “flying dismounts” after a big victory.

    His name is…..it is…..gee I can’t remember his name?

    Sure I can…….. and so can you!

    We could use a few superstars in the sport.

  • Concerned observer

    Some jock, somewhere does “flying dismounts” after a big victory.

    His name is…..it is…..gee I can’t remember his name?

    Sure I can…….. and so can you!

    We could use a few superstars in the sport.

  • MA

    Reminds me of the guy who won the Dubai World Cup and stood straight up and toward the stands. He was showboating after the race,too, and the horse dumped him. He deserved it.

  • MA

    Reminds me of the guy who won the Dubai World Cup and stood straight up and toward the stands. He was showboating after the race,too, and the horse dumped him. He deserved it.

  • Just Beachy

    Barry would like this; rather similar situation. :-)  Pilot got grounded for 30 days but he thought the photo was worth it.  So too might Demuro…  My question, and despite all my Naval aviator friends who have not been able to answer it(the ones I know/knew didn’t know this guy) was, “Did the RIO(guy in the back seat) lose his lunch or his bowels over this?!!  All enjoy–great photography and flying, both… :-) 

    http://familymeetingplace.com/racers/flyby2.htm

  • Just Beachy

    Barry would like this; rather similar situation. :-)  Pilot got grounded for 30 days but he thought the photo was worth it.  So too might Demuro…  My question, and despite all my Naval aviator friends who have not been able to answer it(the ones I know/knew didn’t know this guy) was, “Did the RIO(guy in the back seat) lose his lunch or his bowels over this?!!  All enjoy–great photography and flying, both… :-) 

    http://familymeetingplace.com/

  • Convene

     After 50+ years I’m hardly an occasional visitor – and I love it that a jockey is so utterly overjoyed that he does something like this! No jaded, “Ho hum another win,” in this guy! Nice to see unbridled delight! As for whether a bettor shows off – win or lose – I don’t really care. If it bothers me, I’ll look somewhere else.

  • Itwasstillwrong

    Agree with you but at the same time what was the need to be doing what he did? What he did was stupid and he should be punished for it. You don’t need to be celebrating like that. Keep your hands on the reins and just ride it to the wire. There’s no need to celebrate. 
    And also, what if he fell off? I’m sure if he had fallen off the betting public, owners, trainer, etc. wouldn’t have been too happy…..

  • Kim Howell(Anita Xanax)

    No finer feeling in the world than feeling them level under you and WORK…the silence surrounding you broken only by hooves and panting breaths, morning most parting and rolling around you…religious experience.

  • Lisa Wintermote

    Amen Sister! And, don’t leave out feeling their heartbeat as they wait for the gate to open so they can explode… Heaven on earth…

  • Concerned observer

    It is all about the horse?

    So owners and trainers should not celebrate, high five, scream, laugh, cry.

    Then why do it?

  • Sandra Warren

    With respect, I disagree.  There are other riders involved all going at top speed.  You certainly never drop your reins.  What if he drifted over into someone’s path? What if the horse made a right turn and ran over someone in the winner’s circle, like the photographer?  A jockey is a professional and should act as such.  It’s a job he was paid to professionally accomplish.  He’s not a teenager riding an event course by himself.  Good for the stewards putting the brakes on that right off. 

    Frankie Dettori puts others at risk every time he launches off of a horse.  It doesn’t happen often, but it is possible that when he makes a startling move like that, a horse could bolt forward, kick out, jump sideways, and crash into someone else who is not Frankie.  Any horse can hurt you.

  • Brian

    How does this Jack..s “know” this horse? does he gallop him every day? No
    does this horse run in front of a crowd at the same track every day? No 
    if it is a million to one shot of getting hurt by doing something that stupid those are not good odds 

  • B

    Obviously you dingbats have not been hurt enough yet

  • Rachel

    As long as the horse doesn’t go off balance when the reins are abruptly dropped in full stride…

  • Rachel

    As long as the horse doesn’t go off balance when the reins are abruptly dropped in full stride…

  • Lisa Wintermote

    7 broken ribs, 3 broken clavicles(2-left, 1 right), fused finger/joint on left hand, detached tendon on right index finger w multiple breaks, right knee operated on, broken toes (damn gates), 2 teeth knocked out (thank God 4 implants), right ocular bone fracture.
    Nothing serious… If I EVER get to the point that I choose safety over LIVING, I hope someone puts me out of my misery!
    Seriously, people who ride racehorses aren’t “play it safe” kind of people. Most are total adrenaline junkies. You have to be to ride a 1200lb horse running upwards of 40mph.
    And before you make a sarcastic comeback, I was firmly holding the reins when my injuries occurred. My list is pretty mild compared to most, if you ride, you are GOING to come off. If you start to feel the need to be “safe” it’s time to hang it up!

  • http://www.theracehorseexperiment.com/ Maureen Tierney

    Do you ride? Good riders know the horse they’re on. Apparently the guy in Dubai that someone said fell off didn’t. He deserved to fall off.

    Horses do not make sudden right turns unless they have behavior issues or something spooks them. In truth, they pay more attention to your weight and your energy than to the reins. The idiot in Dubai, who stood in the stirrups and turned to face the crowd clearly doesn’t know as much as he thinks he does.

    Jockey’s get little enough out of what they do, and all other sports allow celebrations – within reason – though I am personally not a fan of jockeys celebrating, I am old fashioned I guess, they should be allowed some expression. If they fall off, it’s on them, and perhaps they won’t do it again.

    I don’t Frankie Dettori is putting anyone but himself in danger. I do like to watch him fly off.

  • Np601

    Whays the problem??? Key word is at the wire.Would love to know the Feeling!!!!!!!!!

  • Np601

    Whays the problem??? Key word is at the wire.Would love to know the Feeling!!!!!!!!!

  • TLD

    I understand the thrill of being in the moment, but come on, at the very least – Cross the Finish Line FIRST!  The idiot should have been punished.

  • TLD

    I understand the thrill of being in the moment, but come on, at the very least – Cross the Finish Line FIRST!  The idiot should have been punished.

  • B

    Like i just said
    “Obviously you dingbats have not been hurt enough yet”

  • Maureen Tierney

    You realize what you’re saying, right?  No one who gets injured should ride?  There would be no horse racing.  Without people who love to ride – only a small percentage get rich riding races – who would ride?  Certainly not you, or people like you.

  • Convene

     Heck, if you’re that obsessed with not getting hurt, don’t go out walking (you might trip), don’t drive a car (someone might run into you) – don’t even get up to go to the bathroom in case you trip and fall into the toilet!
    Life’s a dangerous business but it’s supposed to be fun too. Still love this guy’s unbridled joy in victory. It’s refreshing to see someone having so much fun!

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