08/01/2012 4:02PM

Del Mar: Garcia begins three-day suspension Friday


Jockey Martin Garcia on Friday was scheduled to begin a three-day suspension for careless riding, a penalty assessed by Del Mar’s stewards following last Friday’s fourth race, which Garcia won aboard Candy Waltz.

The stewards conducted an inquiry into the race and let the result stand, ruling that the incident in which Candy Waltz bumped other rivals did not impact the order of finish. But they did cite Garcia for carelessness, hence the suspension.

Even with the suspension, Garcia can still ride in stakes races this weekend, including aboard Switch in the Grade 1, $300,000 Clement Hirsch Stakes on Saturday.

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