09/20/2013 3:02PM

Indiana Downs: C.J. McMahon suspended for threatening a racing official


Jockey C.J. McMahon has been suspended until at least next week by the Indiana Downs stewards.

McMahon had a confrontation with the Indiana Downs starter Johnnie Jamison and an assistant starter Tuesday before the first race. McMahon made threatening remarks to both individuals while his mount, Dr.Kimble, was loading.

Security was called and McMahon was taken off his remaining mounts Tuesday and asked to leave the grounds.

The stewards suspended McMahon Wednesday until he could meet with them. On Friday morning McMahon met with the stewards but he will remain suspended until next week when further information can be collected and a final decision on his status is made.

Kentucky is honoring the Indiana stewards’ sanctions and McMahon, 18, will not be allowed to ride at Kentucky Downs or Churchill until the matter is resolved.

Mike B More than 1 year ago
At age 18, you can probably chalk it up to too much testosterone... But climate in this country right now leaves no room for leniency on threats in workplace (and track is their workplace). Have to give him long term cooling off period and probably some anger management classes/techniques required to continue. Need to get Darrel Hare and union there asap and his agent involved to mediate as well and calm him down.
Mike B More than 1 year ago
If I was a steward, I'd probably go with 30-90 days (allow some 2nd chance); but with agreement that next similar offense at the track is a full year off, with other jurisdictions also possibly honoring it.
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
if your going to threaten an official an tell them your going to get your gun then its pretty assuming that your going to get ruled off for a long time. this is a serious issue in this country right now and a stupid thing for this young an talented kid to say.
Jeff Mcintosh More than 1 year ago
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
I totally agree, some of the starters around the track, their head gets too big, like they own the whole show, and is true, sometime they can be outright disrespectful not just with the riders, also with the trainers, specially if the trainer is not well know around or is a small outfit.
Marianne More than 1 year ago
Who knows what might have been said to McMahon? As a young, African-American jockey he's battling a tough road every day at the track. IMO, there might be a bit more to this story.
Marty Brink More than 1 year ago
18 year old with a HOT temper. He's not ready to assume to role of a jockey. Keep him suspended till he grows up. He's a danger to others.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Just how stupid can this boy be? He's going nowhere after this.