01/30/2002 12:00AM

Coa appeals 30-day ban


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Jockey Eibar Coa on Wednesday filed an appeal of a 30-day suspension handed down Sunday by Gulfstream Park stewards, and a hearing is scheduled for Monday. The suspension was scheduled to begin Thursday, but a stay was granted until the appeal is heard.

Scott Savin, the president and general manager of Gulfstream Park - which employs two of the three stewards - will hear the appeal.

Joe Ferrer, who is Coa's agent, sought to have the hearing postponed because he won't have a chance to meet with an attorney until Friday. Ferrer fears his attorney won't have enough time to prepare a case. Savin denied that request.

According to the written stewards' ruling, Coa was given the 30 days for "rough riding around the clubhouse turn and down the backside" during the course of last Saturday's Ft. Lauderdale Handicap. Coa was aboard Mr. Livingston and is alleged to have repeatedly shut off Jerry Bailey aboard Del Mar Show. Del Mar Show eventually rallied outside and got up to win the race, but Bailey and trainer Bill Mott complained to the stewards about Coa's riding tactics.

Bailey and Coa exchanged words while galloping back to the unsaddling area.

Through the first 24 days of the meet, Coa's 21 victories put him one behind Pat Day and Cornelio Velasquez, who are tied for top honors with 22 wins apiece.