On Wednesday at Royal Ascot, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez was suspended nine days by the British Horseracing Authority for “using his whip above the permitted level and in an incorrect place from approximately 1 ½ furlongs out.”
According to drf.com, Velazquez' suspension will be upheld by the New York State Gaming Commission, beginning on Sunday, June 23, and continuing through Monday, July 1. It was originally scheduled for July 3-11, taking the jockey out of the major Stars & Stripes card on July 6 at Belmont Park.
Horse Racing Nation also reported that “the commission is expected to release a ruling indicating Velazquez waived his right to evidence why the suspension shouldn't be upheld against him in New York.”
“It's a different way of riding,” Velazquez told NBC Sports on Friday. “We come here once a year…I made a mistake, and I'm paying for it. I used the whip incorrectly.”
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