05/11/2011 1:22PM

Prairie Meadows jockey held on drug charges


Jockey Ramsey Zimmerman was arrested in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday morning and charged with four felonies, including possession and intent to deliver crack cocaine and heroin. Police discovered Zimmerman in an unresponsive state while operating a motor vehicle. Zimmerman, 29, is being held in the Polk County, Iowa, Jail.

According to his agent, Kenny Washburn, Zimmerman was supposed to visit family in Chicago on Sunday and return to work Monday morning.

Zimmerman, who finished in a tie for the 2010 riding title at Prairie Meadows, had four wins in 35 mounts through the first 11 days of the current meet. His racing license has been suspended by the Prairie Meadows stewards.

Zimmerman was suspended in 2005 for substance abuse problems while riding in Illinois but was reinstated after completing a rehabilitation program.