04/08/2003 11:00PM

Amy denied jockey's license

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Jose Amy, the jockey banned from riding in 1980 after admitting that he took bribes to hold horses, was denied a jockey's license by New York regulators on Wednesday.

In making its recommendation to deny Amy a license, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board's licensing committee said in a memo that Amy's "participation in racing or related activities as a jockey would be inconsistent with the public interest."

Amy, 49, had included a petition signed by 40 New York trainers and the chairman of the New York Racing Association, Barry Schwartz, with his application. Amy has been exercising horses at NYRA tracks for the past two years.

Amy has applied to have his jockey's license reinstated three other times since 1990 and each time has been rejected. He said he hopes to re-apply for a license sometime in the future.

"I will ask again for a reconciliation, and hope." Amy said.