03/29/2015 3:32PM

Santa Anita exercise rider held by immigration officials


ARCADIA, Calif .- Paul Eddery, the former British-based jockey who has worked as an exercise rider in Southern California recently, was taken into custody by immigration officials in El Paso, Texas, on March 23 following a trip to Sunland Park for the Sunland Park Derby.

Eddery, 51, was reportedly trying to return to Southern California when he was arrested at the El Paso airport because of issues related to his visa, according to a Facebook page created to win his release. The Facebook page issued a plea for concerned parties to contact congress members to pressure immigration officials for Eddery’s release.

Eddery, who remains in custody as of Sunday, was at Sunland Park with Firing Line, the colt who won the Sunland Park Derby. Firing Line is trained by Simon Callaghan, who declined to comment on the situation over the weekend.

It was not immediately clear how long Eddery would be in custody, or whether he would be allowed to remain in the United States upon release. Some of Eddery’s friends in the Santa Anita stable area said over the weekend that they are concerned he could be held for an undetermined period.

Eddery, who retired in 2010, rode more than 1,000 winners around the world. He rode four winners at Royal Ascot – the 1985 Windsor Castle on Atall Atall, the 1986 Cork and Orrery Stakes on Sperry, the 1994 Jersey Stakes on Gneiss, and the 1995 Queen Alexandra Stakes on Cuff Link.

Eddery was second in the 1987 English Derby aboard Most Welcome.  Eddery later rode Most Welcome to a win in the 1989 Lockinge Stakes. Other major wins in Britain included the 1982 Ayr Gold Cup on Famous Star, and the 1983 Northumberland Plate on Weaver’s Pin. He was closely allied with trainers Henry Cecil, Reg Holllinshead, Peter Walwyn, and Geoff Wragg at various times during his riding career.

One of Paul Eddery’s older brothers, Pat, was an 11-time champion jockey in England.



Nathan More than 1 year ago
Doesn't look mexican.
redboy More than 1 year ago
And let the racism begin ,
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
I can understand the law is the law crowd..but keep in mind that its much better to have hard working honest immigrants that have a proven record.than to have them deported and replaced by unknown new ones.most of the European immigrants have been replaced by central americans because they will not risk being detained like criminals only people from very poor areas of the world and the uneducated from the third world are desperate enough to live in constant fear with no path to citizenship .so tough immigration policy actually works counter to its intention.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
They sure caught a bad one here...
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
if he was a mexican or one of the arab countries, obama would take a personal interest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
QFT High On Poker
jtim11 More than 1 year ago
Seems the people that are being kind,decent,working not hurting anyone type individuals end up detained figures...
Ruben Flores Diaz More than 1 year ago
I was in the belief that british persons did not need visas to come to the united states,
Laura More than 1 year ago
to visit, no, to work or go to school, yes
slewof damascus More than 1 year ago
Probably got in a spat with his GF and she dropped dime on him
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I was you I'd be careful Someone might decide to drop a dime on you High On Poker
Walter More than 1 year ago
Something about Simon Callahan I never trusted. He should have his wealthy & influential clients (Tabor, Magnier, Smith, et al) take care of this one quickly.
Tim Sr. More than 1 year ago
What role would Simon Callahan play in a visa issue? I read idiotic comments on here all the time pal, but this one deserves an Eclipse.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Tim, Before you take the liberty of awarding Eclipse awards, you should know your facts. Eddery is employed by Callahan. Callahan would have to keep proper paperwork on file to maintain legal employment of Eddery. So yes, Callahan does have responsibility of this situation. Now you know what to do with that Eclipse, right?
Alberto Reyes More than 1 year ago
The law is the law! And he violated the immigration laws! Because he is a British citizen are you trying to cover up for him? We don't care how many races we has won! He is an illegal working without legal status in this country, and should be treated as any other illegal person! Shame on you DRF! I bet if it was a Latino you wouldn't be so kind! Deportation any one?
Tim Sr. More than 1 year ago
I think you should be talking to your own people Alberto..................I'll make a deal with you, send Eddery home if we find he is of 'illegal' status...........and all Mexicans, and Central American who do not have legal status, send them home as well. Deal? How bout that Alberto
redboy More than 1 year ago
the law is the law send his rearend home
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Tim Sr. What do you do with the 2 or 3 generations of white trash sitting on the porch glaring at the black and hispanic gangs glaring at them...
Tim Sr. More than 1 year ago
Chad, stick to the horses. It appears that on social issues you are in over your head. Other than that your comment is over the border (pardon the pun) ridiculous. How my comment to Alberto about tit for tat deserves your comment only you and God know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd tell the 2 or 3 generations of *White Trash* to *lock and Load* High On Poker
Catherine Tait More than 1 year ago
And I bet if he was an illegal hispanic they would have turned a blind eye. Are you sure your legal!
redboy More than 1 year ago
lol ! dont throw a hissy fit just because within the next 20 years whites will be considered a minority..viva la raza