03/10/2012 8:26PM

Santa Anita: Pedroza suspended seven days for malicious ride


Jockey Martin Pedroza has been suspended seven days by Santa Anita stewards for “willfully riding to cause interference” in the seventh race on March 4.

Pedroza was cited for his ride aboard Oh Righty, who finished sixth in a field of seven over six furlongs. Through the stretch, Oh Righty bumped repeatedly with eventual fifth-place finisher Put It There.

Put It There was ridden by leading rider Joel Rosario. On March 3, Rosario rode Gladding in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap. Gladding engaged Ultimate Eagle, ridden by Pedroza, in a speed duel through the first half-mile that led to both horses fading from contention.

Pedroza’s agent, Richie Silverstein, said on Saturday that the rider would not appeal the decision. The suspension covers seven racing days from Saturday, March 17, through Thursday, March 29.

The ruling, issued by Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward, prohibits Pedroza from riding in designated races, or graded stakes, during the suspension.

Through Saturday, Pedroza ranked seventh in the standings with 22 wins.

Rosario leads all riders with 60 wins.