06/09/2003 11:00PM

Churchill fines five jockeys

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Five veteran jockeys at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., have been fined at least $250 apiece after being cited by the stewards for not persevering with their mounts in recent races.

All of the fines involved horses who were in contention for fourth or fifth place. Calvin Borel was fined $250 for a first offense, which occurred in the sixth race on June 1, then was fined another $500 for a second incident in the seventh race on June 6.

Four other jockeys were fined $250 for single offenses: Robby Albarado (June 1, sixth race), Lonnie Meche (May 29, ninth), Mark Guidry (May 29, ninth), and Jason Lumpkins (May 26, fourth).

Jack Middleton, a Churchill steward, said the five jockeys had "been warned repeatedly about getting them to ride through the wire. Purses are paid through fifth place, and fans are betting through fourth place" through superfectas.