Fipke Ordered To Pay Rosario $110,000 Over Breeders’ Cup Distaff Rider Change

by | 06.25.2018 | 6:22pm
Forever Unbridled and jockey Joel Rosario defeat champion Songbird in the Personal Ensign

Joel Rosario was told in the weeks leading up to the 2017 Breeders' Cup at Del Mar that he would have the mount on Distaff contender Forever Unbridled, with whom he won the G1 Personal Ensign earlier in the year. At the time of entry, however, drf.com reports that owner Charles Fipke made a last-minute decision to put John Velazquez in the irons; Forever Unbridled went on to win the Distaff and $1.1 million.

Del Mar stewards Grant Baker, Scott Chaney, and Kim Sawyer conducted a hearing and ordered Fipke to pay a double jock mount to both Rosario and Velazquez, which the owner later appealed. An appeal hearing was then conducted in March  before hearing officer Patrick Kane, who made his proposal to the California Horse Racing Board in early June.

Kane proposed that Fipke pay Rosario $110,000, the 10 percent the jockey would have earned had he ridden Forever Unbridled in the Distaff. CHRB officials approved the proposal last week.

Read more at drf.com.

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