10/06/2005 11:00PM

Calif. considers public weighings

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Jockeys may soon be weighed before a race in view of the public, and not behind closed doors in the jockeys' room, as a way to keep the public better informed of weights being carried in a race.

At its monthly meeting Thursday in Fresno, the California Horse Racing Board launched an ad-hoc committee to discuss ways of avoiding confusion related to jockeys' weights. The committee will be headed by commissioner Richard Shapiro and is expected to consist of jockeys, owners, trainers, and racing executives.

The issue of jockey weights has been widely discussed in racing since indictments were handed down in New York last month alleging that some riders on that circuit carried weights significantly higher than their published assignments. Two racing officials were indicted and then fired by the New York Racing Association