05/05/2008 12:00AM

Lone Star bans jockey for electrical device


Jockey Glen Murphy has been suspended six months by the Lone Star Park stewards after an electrical device was found in his vehicle during a routine compliance inspection at the track's stable gate last Thursday morning. Murphy was also fined $2,500, according to a ruling issued by stewards on Saturday. Murphy's suspension began on May 1 and will run through Oct. 27.

Murphy waived his right to a hearing in the case, and thus his right to appeal. He declined to comment on the ruling. Murphy's suspension will be honored in all racing jurisdictions.

Murphy, 40, was the leading rider at Lone Star in 2000. He also has won titles at Sunland Park, Ruidoso Downs, and Sam Houston. He is tied for 11th in the standings at the current Lone Star meet with 3 wins from 54 mounts, with six second-place finishes and seven third-place finishes for mount earnings of $91,438. He won his first race at Sunland on Oct. 28, 1984. To date, Murphy has won 2,464 career races from 19,214 starts for mount earnings of $27,605,199.