07/16/2004 12:00AM

Meche returns tacking 123 pounds

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Jockey Donnie Meche finished third aboard Unbridled Trick in his first mount back from a one-year suspension on Friday. The comeback came in the eighth race at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La.

Meche tacked 123 pounds, three pounds over the assigned weight of 120.

Meche was suspended for not doing his best to win a trial race at Delta Downs in Vinton, La., in January 2003. He has said his mount injured himself after stumbling at the start of the race. Meche was suspended in February.

Meche was named to ride four horses at Louisiana Downs on Saturday and has five mounts on Sunday.