Now It's the Jockey's Turn to Get Punished

Kentucky horse officials suspend him for 15 race days
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2019 1:07 PM CDT
Kentucky Derby Jockey Gets Suspended
Luis Saez reacts after Maximum Security was disqualified from the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The jockey who rode Maximum Security into infamy at the Kentucky Derby has now been suspended, the Courier-Journal reports. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Sunday suspended Luis Saez for 15 race days, citing "failure to controI his mount" or "maintain a straight course thereby causing interference with several rivals that resuIted in the disqualification of his mount." His attorneys say they plan to appeal and claim that "every single jockey" who saw a video of the race absolved Saez. The jockey's suspension will run from May 23 to June 14, which includes the Belmont Stakes on June 8, per Yahoo Sports. (Read more Kentucky Derby stories.)

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