07/30/2013 11:15AM

Fairmount Park: Stewards launch probe into race

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Stewards at Fairmount Park are reportedly looking into a race last Tuesday at the southern Illinois track to determine if other riders in the race may have tried to allow 70-year-old R.A. “Cowboy” Jones to win the race. One steward, Patrick Bovenzi, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that their probe is “still in its investigatory stage.”

The race was a bottom-level maiden-claiming route July 23 in which Jones rode the runner-up and even-money favorite, My Kentucky Breeze. Jones was trying to become the first known jockey in American racing history to win races in seven different decades.

The winner by 1 3/4 lengths was Ola D., ridden by Uriel Lopez. My Kentucky Breeze looked like a winner when Lopez and Ola D. blew the turn and went far wide into the stretch. But with less than a furlong to go, Ola D. regained momentum and rallied past My Kentucky Breeze to win. Magnificent Mandy was third, with jockey Sidney Lejeune never going to his whip.

Jones said when reached by phone Monday in his hometown of Henderson, Ky., that he had not heard anything about it and that he was surprised.

“Of course, everyone in the grandstand was wanting me to win it,” Jones said. “But that doesn’t mean they’re not going to try.”

The stewards were not available Monday, a dark day at Fairmount. Racing was to resume Tuesday.

Sidney LeJeune More than 1 year ago
I hope Daily Racing Form retracts my name from this,I am not even riding now.
Tim Phillips 3 days ago
Sidney lejeunes dad was the best 2yr ole rider and gate man in the business period. I hope you come back soon sidney and ride again. GOD BLESS AND AMEN !!!
Josh Pearl More than 1 year ago
Lejeune has been great this meet, about one of four jockeys who could win a race outside of FP. That being said, the race looked awfully crooked. JOHN Lejeune (not Sydney) always tries hard (not here).
Rob More than 1 year ago
Nice article, problem is you accused an innocent"Sidney Lejeune" of never going to his whip!!!! Sidney is raising he family in Louisiana and not riding at the current time. TYPICAL DRF WRITER
Walter More than 1 year ago
REALLY? Why don't they go ahead and look at all the other races run there also? They might find a whole lot they don't want to see.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems like a typical Fairmount race to me.
jttf More than 1 year ago
just another example of how the horsemen disrespect the racing fans. the sport is a joke.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
WOW!!!! BEST LAID PLANS GO WRONG, FIRST, I CAN UNDERSTAND THE OTHER RIDERS WANTING TO BE A PART OF THAT HISTORIC EVENT, AND I CAN SEE THE PUBLIC ROOTING FOR IT TO HAPPEN, BUT WHEN ITS NOT EARNED, IT LOSES ITS LUSTER. ONE THING TO TAKE FROM THIS, IS SOME HORSES DON'T NEED A STICK TO WIN, AND SOME JOCKS AREN'T STRONG ENOUGH TO STIFF A HORSE WHEN THEY WANT TO RUN AWAY.
dean gallo More than 1 year ago
So obvious !! The winner and 3rd place horse JOCKEYS never whipped or urged their horses thru the stretch. Memo to self......NEVER BET RACES AT FAIRMOUNT.............
David More than 1 year ago
You are aware of how bad these horses are. It took over 1:16 to go six furlongs. You can beat the hell out of these horses and they aren't going any faster.