02/06/2015 3:51PM

Apprentice jockey Nicolas suspended


Apprentice jockey Gonzalo Nicolas has been suspended three days for causing interference in the fourth race Feb. 1.

Nicolas, 24, was cited for his ride on Master Master, who finished sixth in a maiden claimer at six furlongs after setting the early pace. Master Master bumped with the eventual fifth-place finisher Warren’s Sunny Boy in the stretch.

The suspension begins Feb. 16 and covers three racing days through Feb. 20. Nicolas claims seven pounds. Through Thursday, he has one win from 40 mounts at the current meeting.

** Assistant starter Roger Pyfer has been suspended until November 2016 after being charged with driving under the influence and misdemeanor spousal abuse, according to a ruling published by Santa Anita stewards Jan. 31.

Pyfer, 54, is suspended for the term of his license and must participate in a fitness-for-license hearing before any possible reinstatement, according to the one-paragraph ruling.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
stewards should hand out a lot more suspensions to jockeys for reckless ridding. Specially to the apprentices. On the New York circuit jockeys have taken race ridding to a reckless level and get away with it..these days any horse who clears the field in the stretch then spends his time cutting of the path and intimidating anybody trying to close. The whole concept of keeping a straight path in the stretch has disappeared. And then they wonder why there are so many fatalities.
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
Exactly, I had tried to post this before to the Watchmaker article which was about a disqualification of a different nature but I was going in this direction. It's amazing, it's nearly every race they swerve into the lane of an on coming horse, like it was a video game. It has become ridiculous!