04/22/2012 7:42PM

Santa Anita: Seldom-used jockey draws 30-day suspension

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Jockey Jesiere Medina has been suspended 30 racing days for an incident of careless riding that led to a two-horse spill in the ninth race at Santa Anita on April 14.

The suspension is one of the most severe sanctions issued by Southern California stewards in recent years for a riding infraction.
Medina, 23, who works primarily as an exercise rider at Santa Anita, was cited “for exhibiting gross carelessness for crossing over without sufficient clearance and causing interference which resulted in an accident and the disqualification of her mount,” according to a ruling issued on Saturday by Santa Anita stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward.

Medina rode Whiskey Talks, who finished seventh in a field of 10 and was disqualified to unplaced. Under Medina, Whiskey Talks crossed over  from an outside post on the backstretch of a sprint for maiden claimers, leading to the spill.

In the accident, jockeys Martin Pedroza and Eswan Flores were unseated, and were later hospitalized. Pedroza was diagnosed with broken ribs and is expected to be sidelined until early May. Flores missed one day of riding, on April 15, but returned to action on April 19.

Medina’s suspension begins on Thursday’s opening day at Hollywood Park and continues through June 14. Medina has won 7 races from 213 mounts in the United States. Whiskey Talks was her only mount at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.