12/28/2006 12:00AM

Gulfstream joins jockey ban


Gulfstream Park has denied access to the 10 jockeys who have been banned by three tracks in connection with an investigation being conducted by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau. Tampa Bay Downs has barred seven riders, Calder has barred two, and Philadelphia Park one.

The investigation is thought to trace to at least one race at Great Lakes Downs in Michigan. Racing officials and the TRPB have declined to comment on the investigation.

According to Gulfstream spokesman Mike Mullaney, Magna Entertainment Corp. is exercising its right as a private property owner in making the decision not to allow the jockeys to ride, exercise horses, or hold any other means of employment at Gulfstream. The 2007 Gulfstream meet opens on Jan. 3.

The 10 riders involved include Rene Douglas, who has ridden regularly during the Gulfstream Park meet on several occasions. The others are Jose Bracho, Jorge Bracho, Derek Bell, Luis Castillo, Jose Delgado, Terry Houghton, Joseph Judice, Ricardo Valdes, and Alex Beitia.