05/08/2007 11:00PM

Patin returns after suspension


Jockey Joe Patin has returned to riding after a lengthy suspension by the Louisiana State Racing Commission for a violation of its substance abuse policy. His suspension began in October 1999 and the commission reinstated his license in late April.

Patin won with his first mount back at April 25 at Evangeline aboard Mr Forestrey.

"I can't describe the feeling," Patin said. "To be away for so long and win with my first mount back, I'm overwhelmed."

Patin, 38, had been working as an exercise rider for Steve Asmussen and Keith Bourgeois prior to the commission reinstating his license.

A native of Breaux Bridge, La., Patin is one of five brothers who at one time were professional riders. One of those brothers, Billy, is riding at the current stand and served a lengthy suspension of his own for carrying an electrical device while on board Valhol in the 1999 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Both brothers are currently ranked in the top 10 of the rider standings.