07/16/2006 11:00PM

Riders suspended for ads


The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority on Monday approved 15-day suspensions for jockeys Kent Desormeaux and Jeremy Rose for violating rules on jockey advertising during the 2005 Kentucky Derby and for disregarding the stewards. In addition, the authority approved a five-day suspension for jockey Corey Nakatani for violating the rules.

The ruling came after a hearing officer for the authority heard appeals of the stewards' initial ruling, released just after the 2005 Derby, which suspended the three riders for seven days each and fined them $5,000 each.

Jim Gallagher, the executive director of the authority, said stewards told Desormeaux and Rose before the racing card at Churchill Downs on Derby Day last year that they had not received approval for the ads, but that the two wore the advertisements anyway. Nakatani was not warned by the stewards, Gallagher said.