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.

Bob Fritz More than 1 year ago
Interesting that this is the only race on the card that doesn't have a head-on replay available at Twinspires.
Lisa Johnson More than 1 year ago
Ray Sousa: This story isn't about Chantal, so let's stick to the content--besides Chantal didn't drop anybody, let alone 2 riders. Plenty of riders every day make questionable rides and stewards across the nation disagree with each other and we, the fans, wonder what's going on as well. True, a head-on shot would have made this story much more interesting. Can't imagine why it wasn't included. It's rather redundant without it, actually. You know, there are 3 stewards at each track, and it's either unanimous or there is dissention among stewards certainly as there would be among fans and horsemen. Here is the official ruling. -- Jockey JESIERE MEDINA, who rode “Whiskey Talks” in the ninth race at Santa Anita Park on April 14, 2012, is suspended for THIRTY (30) RACING DAYS (April 26, 2012, through June 14, 2012) for exhibiting gross carelessness by crossing over without sufficient clearance and causing interference which resulted in an accident and the disqualification of her mount to unplaced. This constitutes a violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1699(Riding Rules-Careless Riding). During the term of suspension, Ms. Medina is not accorded the privilege of participating in Designated Races pursuant to California Horse Racing Board rule #1766(b)(Designated Races-suspension in excess of ten (10) days). -- I'd be very interested in reading the stewards minutes when they are available in about 10 days or so.
Dee McCabe More than 1 year ago
After reading all this talk about what happened to who by who and the susp. meaning nothing and etc...-HOW IS THE HORSE? Interesting not one word I see about the animal. I see where the animals stand.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
what did chantal sunderlad get for her ride on game on dude,when she almost knocked twirling candy sideways,and bumped another horse in the same race,oh yes they didnt even take her down,maybe its her blonde hair and good looks,ill bet that had horses gone down people would be bending over backwards making excuses for her.
Harvey Hochberg More than 1 year ago
Why is she still LICENSED??....If she failed umpteen Drug Tests,shaved all her body hair,ran away to Kansas to avoid a hearing,RETIRED,and UNRETIRED- without questions,and told the CHRB to "Stick it!"....she'd be the hero Pat Valenzuela seems to be.Why is NO ONE asking why HE still has a license?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
So why is she licensed at all... I'd be just as concerned about her during training hours.
Virgin Queen More than 1 year ago
"so why is she licensed at all " probaby due 2 the *lax immigration laws in california* VQ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
VQ: due to lax immigration laws in california? Jesiere is from Puerto Rico and last I checked they have asked for the US to either grant them statehood or independence and the USA has not wanted to do either. Puerto Rican citizens US Citizens (albeit with certain voting restrictions) and do not require a visa to live or work in the United States. She learned how to ride in Puerto Rico becoming the first female jockey in 42 years to win her first race on her first mount. I am not saying she is a good rider or a bad rider, whether she was at fault (although if she was already found guilty then it is a moot point) or not. Just trying to keep the conversation on its merits and not on any political agenda that may or may not have been implied. I do believe that if she does not appeal the suspension then it means she accepts that she was at fault, In that case for reckless riding I believe the suspension was exemplary because it was a first offense. She should also be ordered to undergo certain training to try to avoid this type of incident again. Now regarding irresponsability in penalties then I think that P.Val should be BANNED for life from riding. Here's a guy who has had ample opportunities at redemption and has flaunted his above the law mentality every single step of the way. Enough is enough with him.He gets his life back on track and wants to take a stab at owning or breeding race horses then that is fine. Otherwise, good riddance to him from the sport. While I still wish he is able to get over his personal demons, I don't believe he has the right to endanger fellow riders if he ever shows up to ride under the influence. The same should happen to Rick Dutrow, taking advantage of innocent animals is totally unacceptable. He should be placed in the same category as Ernie Paragallo and banished from the sport, for cruelty to animals.
Virgin Queen More than 1 year ago
i was only jk btw, geography wasn't 1 of my strong suits in school being from the people's replubic of cambridge i have no *political agenda* except Booze,Poker, Sex, Rock&Roll and the Ponies. oh yeah, not necassairly in that order peace VQ
Panama Stallion More than 1 year ago
Ahhh a woman after my own heart. Now, I'm guessing that sex has to be at the bottom of your list if you are still the "Virgin Queen" Have a great day VQ and good luck at the poker tables and the ponies. May your exactas pay 4 figures and your tri's be straight up five digit payoffs. Wishing you no bad beats and plenty of royal flushes.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
shes puerto rican,and just like the hawaii people shes a resident with all the rights it has nothing to do with california laws,besides this is not nearly as bad as what r maragh did to j velasquez on animal kingdom in the preakness,while ridding mucho macho man,after he lost the mount on the derby winner,what did he get 2 days,how many jocks make worst mistakes and the clueless stewards dont even see them unless horses fall.
Cornelius More than 1 year ago
It''s about time somebody shows enough physical courage to take action. Riding infractions are happening more frequently because the stewarts in most jurisdictions are turning a blind eye. These intimidating tactics by jocks to protect their position, when a horse is trying to overtake another must stop before someone will eventually loose his or her life. Finally Santa Anita has sent a message. Maybe now the other jurisdiction will take note and start addressing the bad riding that is going on. A case in point the ninth race at Keeneland and a horse called YES HES TROUBLE ridden by Kent Desormeaux and the bettors are left holding the stick because the stewarts of all place at Keeneland refuse to address these serious infractions.
Steven More than 1 year ago
This jockey had one mount the whole meet. This punishment means nothing. Why didn't drf post the head-on of the race. Four horses across the track with two more trying to get to the lead sounds like traffic trouble. The first horse to check out of the trouble was the 3 who still went down funny thing is two horses between the 3 and 10 with a horse inside of the 3 and the 11 outside the 10. But must have been the 10. Lets see who were the six jockeys involved. M. Garcia, E. Flores, M. Pedroza, K. Stra, L. Medina and R. Guce. Now who is the easiest to blame an make an example of? Show me a head-on so I can make my own opinion as to who was at fault. I know I will go to calracing to veiw it. Nope they have head-ons for all races except this one. Wonder why. And Cornelius I watched your YES HES TROUBLE race. Why didn't Kent D. claim foul probably because he went into a spot he shouldn't and realized it half way through.
Vin More than 1 year ago
Your opinion is irrelevant
Virgin Queen More than 1 year ago
so is yours VQ
Matt Harper More than 1 year ago
So is yours.
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
Great points, i did notice the horse on the rail checking . That rider (J Medina) had left the postion so its possible another rider in the race made an error. I was also wondering why we didnt get a head on .
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Steven More than 1 year ago
To begin with it is she not a he.
Vin More than 1 year ago
wow .....no facts just assumptions.. Must be a Fox News viewer
Virgin Queen More than 1 year ago
sry, more likely a MSNBC viewer VQ
Matt Harper More than 1 year ago
VQ, you're a PMS viewer.
Jason Hart More than 1 year ago
Come on now..... She didn't even look over until she heard the spill. If you ask me, the suspension is meaningless. She got one mount the entire meet. Which means her next mount probably wouldn't be for a couple months anyway. Getting this type of suspension is not the same as a drug/alcohol suspension. She can still do her regular job, which is exercising horses in the morning. This would be a stiff penalty for an everyday rider, but not her. Kinda like suspending a MLB pitcher for one game, when he pitches every fifth game and sits on the bench four games in a row anyway. LOL
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
Don't you just love it when they (justifyably) sanction the bit players; yet, when the big fish big fish get caught screwing around, somehow, the penalty's just a slap?