07/10/2001 11:00PM

Arlington demotes clerk of scales


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Five jockeys have been fined for failing to ride at their reported weights in Saturday's Hanshin Handicap, and Arlington Park's clerk of scales has been replaced for his role in the incident.

Robby Albarado, Eddie Martin, Eddie Razo, Carlos Silva, and Ramsey Zimmerman all were fined $100 for their infractions. Arlington has replaced clerk of scales Conrad Enrique with assistant racing secretary Jack Bubolz. Enrique will assume a position as a patrol judge.

Stewards received a phone call before the sixth race Saturday with the caller saying several jockeys would not be carrying proper weight in the Hanshin. The caller asked not to be identified, and Arlington stewards complied with the wish. The stewards went to the jockeys' room before the Hanshin to weigh the riders and found five to be overweight. The riders' true weights were announced before the race was run.

All had ridden earlier in the card, several at reported weights less than the stewards found. According to steward Joe Lindeman, Conrad Enrique, the clerk of scales - and the riders themselves - said they had weighed in correctly for their earlier mounts but had put on weight through the course of the afternoon. Saturday's weather was very hot and humid, and the riders said they had drunk Gatorade and water.

There were discrepancies of as much as five pounds between the weights the jockeys reported they would be carrying and their weight before the Hanshin.