jockey suspensions

Mike Smith, Irad Ortiz Jr. Appealing Saudi Arabia Whip Suspensions

Jockeys Mike Smith and Irad Ortiz Jr. are appealing the suspensions and fines they received while riding in Saudi Arabia last week for violating rules regulating use of the riding crop. As a result of their appeal, Smith and Ortiz received stays of their suspensions, according to Jon Lees, reporting for, a website Lees […]

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Irad Ortiz Jr. Suspended During Breeders’ Cup Week But Will Not Miss World Championships

Top rider Irad Ortiz Jr. has been suspended three days for a disqualification at Keeneland and will serve those days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, reports the Daily Racing Form. However, Ortiz will be available to ride during the 36th running of the World Championships Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita. Ortiz’s suspension came […]

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Paco Lopez Has 60-Day ‘Continuous Careless Riding’ Suspension Cut In Half

Paco Lopez has had his 60-day suspension for “continuous careless riding” reduced to 30 racing days. Jeffrey Noe and Don Brumfield, the Gulfstream Park stewards who issued the original suspension, said the reduction was made by track management. In exchange for the reduction in the length of the suspension, Daily Racing Form reports that Lopez […]

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Paco Lopez Suspended 60 Racing Days For ‘Continuous Careless Riding’

Jockey Paco Lopez has been suspended 60 racing days for what Gulfstream Park steward Stephen DiMauro called “continuous careless riding” in Sunday’s 11th race at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track aboard Itsmyluckycharm for trainer Edward J. Plesa Jr. Itsmyluckycharm finished first by 1 1/2 lengths as the even-money favorite in the 7 1/2-furlong turf contest […]

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Dettori Appeals Latest Suspension, 10-Day Ban For Careless Riding

Jockey Frankie Dettori is appealing his latest suspension — a ten-day ban for careless riding that would keep out of two upcoming prestigious events in Britain. The 47-year-old was punished for his ride on Angel’s Hideaway in Friday’s Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket. BBC Sport reported that Dettori was “devastated” over the suspension. If the […]

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Australian Rider James McDonald Set To Return After 18-Month Suspension For Betting

After serving an 18-month suspension for betting on his mount, jockey James McDonald returns to riding this week in Sydney, Australia. The New Zealander, previously the top rider for Godolphin in Australia, placed a $1,000 wager on his horse, Astern, at Randwick in 2015. The bet made a $4,000 profit but McDonald was quickly caught […]

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Mike Smith Gets Four-Day Suspension; Will Not Keep Him From Preakness Mount

The California Horse Racing Board suspended jockey Mike Smith for four days Thursday for causing interference in the stretch of a race May 6. The suspension will not prevent him from riding Justify in the Preakness. According to the Blood-Horse, the suspension is scheduled for May 17-20, the time period of the second leg of […]

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Saddle Switch Results In 15-Day Suspension For Jockey Theriot

Jockey Jamie Theriot has been handed a 15-day suspension for switching saddles “without approval or knowledge of racing officials”. This happened Aug. 20 at Del Mar. The suspension begins today (Oct. 30) and runs through Nov. 13. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the incident occurred when Theriot weighed out with one […]

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Arroyo Will Miss Races Through Feb. 18

Jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr., will be forced to miss the next couple weeks of racing at Santa Anita, according to The rider missed riding Friday through Sunday at the Great Race Place, due to a family emergency in Kentucky. Arroyo has also been suspended for six racing days after losing appeals for riding infractions […]

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