08/08/2010 3:24PM

Bridgmohan suspended seven days for careless riding


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan will begin serving a 7-day suspension on Monday for careless riding as a result of the much-talked-about non-disqualification from Friday's fifth race at Saratoga.

Bridgmohan is still permitted to get on horses in the morning, according to the stewards, enabling him to take his regular seat aboard reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra for a workout Monday.

In Friday’s race, Bridgmohan was aboard Pelican Lake, who came out and bumped with She Wears the Best at the quarter pole. Pelican Lake went on to win the race, and She Wears the Best finished fourth. The stewards deemed  the bumping incident did not have an effect on the order of finish and let the result stand.

Under the designated race rule, Bridgmohan may be permitted to ride a horse in the Adirondack Stakes on Aug. 15, and if he does he would have to serve an additional day, Aug. 16.

On Aug. 1, Bridgmohan was suspended for seven days for a careless riding incident but appealed that penalty.