04/10/2015 1:46PM

Bejarano drops appeal of suspension


ARCADIA, Calif. – Rafael Bejarano, the runaway leader in the jockey standings at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting, has withdrawn an appeal of a three-day suspension, track stewards announced in a ruling on Thursday.

Bejarano, 32, was suspended three days March 22 for his ride aboard Jazzy Josh in the Pasadena Stakes on March 21. Bejarano was cited for failing to maintain a straight course in the stretch. The stewards did not conduct an inquiry, and no rider lodged an objection in that race. Jazzy Josh finished eighth.

The new suspension days are April 18 and 19 – the final two days of the winter-spring meeting – and April 24, the first day of the spring-summer meeting.

Through Thursday, Bejarano led all riders with 69 wins, 18 clear of second-place Tyler Baze.

Kevin Miller More than 1 year ago
It looks like one of the higher ups bet the horse and he didn't win and the jockey was to blame. Racing has to change it's ways. Go to a national inquiry board for official results. Take it out of the local officials hands. Run inquiries just like the NHL and MLB, from a national headquarters.
Walter More than 1 year ago
I am certainly no apologist for Bejarano, in fact I do not like him. However, it is pretty ridiculous to suspend a jock when the stewards didn't do their job initially. They never posted an inquiry. Also, nobody else lodged an objection either. Just another example of terrible decisions made by the SoCal stewards. It's been going on for too long in SoCal.