05/13/2010 11:00PM

Reyes gets 10-day riding suspension


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Christian Santiago Reyes, the champion apprentice jockey of 2009, was given a 10-day suspension by Hollywood Park stewards Thursday for grabbing the reins of a rival horse in Wednesday's second race.

Reyes will appeal the suspension, according to his agent, Tony Matos. It is scheduled to begin Wednesday, the first day in which Reyes will begin riding without the five-pound claim allowed for apprentices. Reyes's apprentice term ends Tuesday, according to Hollywood Park stewards.

In a ruling released Thursday, Reyes was cited by stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward for an "intemperate act which exposes others to danger."

Reyes rode Too Pink, a 42-1 shot, to a fourth-place finish in the race over 1 1/16 miles for $10,500 to $12,500 claimers. Nearing the finish, Reyes reached to the right and appeared to grab the reins of Daniella Roth, who was ridden by Silvio Amador. Too Pink finished a nose in front of Daniella Roth. Too Pink earned $840 of the $14,520 purse; Daniella Roth earned $400.

Speaking on behalf of the jockey, who does not have a good command of English, Matos downplayed the incident Thursday.

"He said that his whip got caught up," Matos said. "We're going to appeal. He didn't do it on purpose."

The incident was not visible in the pan-shot replay of the race, since Too Pink and Daniella Roth finished 8 3/4 lengths behind winner Super Sophie, and cameras were focusing on her. The incident could be seen on a head-on replay, but it was unclear whether it happened before the race was over, Sawyer said.

"It could have happened a jump before, at the wire, or a jump after," she said.

Ward said the incident was first noticed by the stewards when they watched the race live. He said their initial concern was whether Amador stopped riding Daniella Roth before the wire.

The suspension is scheduled to run from Wednesday until May 30. If an appeal is granted, Reyes can continue riding until a hearing is conducted.

Reyes, 20, a native of Puerto Rico, rode at Gulfstream Park and Churchill Downs in early 2009 before moving to Southern California last spring. He finished the year with 93 wins and earnings of $2,390,718 and won the Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice in January.

This year, Reyes has won 25 races from 251 mounts that have earned $691,716.

Glatt fined for medication positive

Trainer Mark Glatt has been fined $3,000 by the California Horse Racing Board after one of his starters tested positive for the banned painkiller indomethacin at Santa Anita in February.

The penalty was part of a stipulated agreement between Glatt and the racing board. In addition to the fine, he was suspended for 30 days, but the suspension has been stayed provided he does not have a violation for medications in classes 1, 2 or 3 through May 13, 2011.

The medication violation was found in a post-race test taken from Sarabella Mia, the winner of a maiden claimer at Santa Anita on Feb. 4. The purse of the race was redistributed earlier this year after Sarabella Mia was disqualified for the medication violation.

Well Armed close to training again

Well Armed, the winner of the 2009 Dubai World Cup, is nearing a return to racetrack training, trainer Eoin Harty said this week.

Owned by WinStar Farm, which owns Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, Well Armed has not started since finishing last in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar last summer. He emerged from that race with an ankle injury that required surgery.

Well Armed was being prepared for a return to racing earlier this year, when he was sidelined by an illness. Harty said he is several months from a return to racing.

American Lion, the winner of the Illinois Derby in April but 11th in the Kentucky Derby for WinStar and Harty, is being pointed for the $250,000 Iowa Derby over 1 1/16 miles at Prairie Meadows on June 26, Harty said.

Sadler lays out 3-year-old stakes plans

Trainer John Sadler has outlined plans for five of his leading 3-year-olds for upcoming stakes at this meeting.

Crisp, the winner of the Santa Anita Oaks in March who was seventh in the Kentucky Oaks on April 30, and Switch, second in the Grade 3 Railbird Stakes on May 9, are being pointed for the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks on June 6.

Crisp finished 8 3/4 lengths behind Kentucky Oaks winner Blind Luck after being steadied at the start and racing wide for much of the race.

Cozi Rosie, the winner of the Senorita Stakes on May 2, is bound for the $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap on May 31.

Among Sadler's 3-year-old males, Sidney's Candy, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby but 17th in the Kentucky Derby, is on course for the $200,000 Swaps Stakes on July 17, and Arkansas Derby winner Line of David, 18th in the Kentucky Derby, is pointing to the $100,000 Will Rogers Stakes on turf June 20.