05/10/2010 11:00PM

Jockey arrested, released in mix-up


Jockey Glen Murphy was arrested at Prairie Meadows on Monday afternoon and released later in the day by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations, which was acting on what it thought to be an outstanding warrant.

Murphy's attorney, Maggi Moss, said that the authorities arrested Murphy after conducting a background check on his fingerprints and that the arrest was based upon a warrant originating from a 2008 incident in Texas. Moss indicated that Murphy produced a document stating that the Dallas County Attorney's office had declined to seek prosecution because the the incident had been resolved by the Texas Racing Commission. Murphy was suspended for 180 days in 2008 by the Texas commission after an electrical device was found in his car at Lone Star Park.

According to Moss, Murphy was released after a call to Texas authorities found that they did not wish to have him extradited and that there was no active warrant for his arrest.

The stewards removed Murphy from his mounts during the first seven races of the night, but reinstated him after he was released. He rode in the last two races on the card.