07/25/2016 1:36PM

Jockeys sanctioned for whip use, interference

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Jockeys Alex Jimenez and Tyler Baze were fined $500 for excessive use of the whip, and Florent Geroux was given a three-day suspension for causing interference in a race, according to rulings issued over the weekend by Del Mar stewards.

Geroux was suspended three days for failing to maintain a straight course in the fifth race on Saturday aboard Calculator, who finished third in an optional claimer. Geroux indicated to the stewards that he planned to appeal to the California Horse Racing Board.

The suspension covers the cards Saturday, Sunday, and next Wednesday. Geroux is booked to ride Gun Runner in Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

Jimenez and Baze were each cited for hitting their mounts more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond. Both were penalized for “blatant violation” of the rule by breaking it more than once in a race.

Jimenez was cited for his winning ride on Lilac Street ($72.40) in a maiden claimer at five furlongs on July 21. Baze was penalized for his ride on Distinctive B, who finished second in a $32,000 claimer on July 22.

Mario Vargas 11 months ago
It figures that Tyler Baze is being fined for misuse of the whip since his mounts don't do anything anyway. He over whips them out of disspair and because in defeat he feels dejected. Tyler should get retrained as to proper whipping etiquette. Goofy he looks when whipping and riding in my opinion.
Gaye Goodwin 11 months ago
He can outride you, for sure.
Don Crook 11 months ago
Wow, three successive crack limit?  Seem to remember Chris McCarron using many more solid and rapid fire cracks of the stick!  While he was not the only one, his blazing fast method worked to shake up his mounts.  Maybe he was the reason for the rule?  More likely to appease the public?  This style probably should be punished if deemed harmful to the horse and/or the bettors but the stewards don't want to have to make a decision.  Let the rule do it.  Stewards inaction is one big reason why jockeys ride recklessly and cut off mounts without worry of penalty.  Very sad.  That is a lot more dangerous to horse (and rider) than cracks of the whip!