04/16/2015 5:35PM

David Flores seeks reinstatement to ride in California

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David Flores is fighting a one-year suspension that was issued by racing officials in Singapore.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Jockey David Flores, suspended by Singapore officials for a year in March for failing to obtain the best possible placing in a race in that country in February, will seek reinstatement before Santa Anita stewards on April 23.

In a hearing on Thursday morning, Flores was denied a request to immediately resume riding by stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer and Tom Ward. The case was continued for a week at the request of Phil Laird, counsel for the California Horse Racing Board, who asked for additional time to study the case, Chaney said.

Flores, 47, was granted the right to resume exercising horses during training hours, effective Friday.

Flores was suspended from March 25 through March 24, 2016, for failing to “obtain the best possible placing” in a race on Feb. 22. Flores rode Kiss Me and was cited for failing “to improve his position when it was reasonable and permissible to do so” from the three-eighths pole to the quarter-pole, and that he “failed with ride with sufficient vigour and determination” in the final quarter-mile.

Kiss Me finished fourth, beaten three lengths, in a six-furlong turf race.

Officials with the Malayan Racing Association sent a letter to California Horse Racing Board officials in Sacramento on Thursday, asking the racing board to enforce the one-year disqualification.

Flores is represented by trainer Darrell Vienna, an attorney. The jockey’s case before the Santa Anita stewards hinges on a racing board rule regarding reciprocation of ruling in other “competent racing jurisdictions.” The rule states that suspensions in such jurisdictions should be upheld in California.

Flores moved to Singapore at the end of 2013, having ridden at Fair Grounds and Santa Anita in the final months of that year. He was winless with five mounts here in late 2014 during a brief visit.

Flores won three races in Singapore earlier this year, and has 47 career wins there. He has won 3,538 races in North America.

Gabriel Esparza More than 1 year ago
Flores rode zenyatta for her first 3 starts.
Joe Capone More than 1 year ago
David is reinstated great decision.
Joe Capone More than 1 year ago
David is very friendly charitable man. Only mistake he made was riding in Singapore.
Rogelio Olguin More than 1 year ago
I know david for more than 30 years even before he started racing in caliente a he would never ever try to lose a race on purpose
Ruben Flores Diaz More than 1 year ago
I did not want to say anything on this matter because David is my uncle but I can not keep quiet anymore, first the horse he was riding is a lemmon, 1 win in 30 starts, that 4th place finish was one of the better efforts in a long time also he ran back on march 23rd and finished 2nd with 7 pounds less and if you see the way he was running it is not the stride of a sound horse. David is a rider that always takes care of a horse, if that was not the case than Bobby Frankel, Bob Baffert would not have given him so many stakes winner over the years
James Webb More than 1 year ago
Flores essentially fixed a race. This is a dying sport and one of the reasons is it's permeated with crooks who keep getting away with wrong doing. I've been around racing for fifty years and watched the cheaters chase racing fans away to never come back. It isn't just casinos that are killing racing. Racing was dying LONG before casinos became a factor. Sure let Flores back; he'll fail to persist in some more races, screw up someones bet and a few more fans will leave, NEVER to return. James Webb
Laura More than 1 year ago
do you have proof he was seeking to fix the race? or do the stewards? nothing about that in the article, without proof that he benefited, or helped someone else to benefit, to accuse him for race fixing is liable
Gabriel Esparza More than 1 year ago
I will bet on him.
Frank More than 1 year ago
sure let the cheater back here -- because he was kicked out of Hong Kong for cheating...CA will take all the cheaters. This guy comes back - I dont bet any race he is in.
Gabriel Esparza More than 1 year ago
He had the backing of Mike Smith and Gary Stevens at the CHRB. A jockeys perspective on the matter cant be wrong correct Let alone two.
Chas More than 1 year ago
First...the ruling is very subjective as to whether that horse Flores rode could improve its placing...it does not say if it had say third and lost it late or what exactly was the issue... Second, if Singapore is dropping 1-yr. bans for that issue, than that is laughable with all the other corruption that goes on and nothing is done about it outside of the sport and who knows what does get a pass in the sport... The stewards should investigate the issue and then if this is all about subjectivity by the Singapore officials, then the stewards should show they really have a backbone and reinstate Flores...to me Flores was always one of the most honest jockeys riding for not only the horses but for the bettors...
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Vicki Vinson More than 1 year ago
David is one of the most competent riders that ever rode in California. Such a crazy ruling from Singapore officials makes me think they wanted him to leave, the suspension is overkill in this situation. I would gladly bet on his horses here he always gives his all in a ride.
Gabriel Esparza More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to see him at the track. Was and still is my favorite jockey growing up.