02/28/2016 5:16PM

Santa Anita stewards suspend exercise rider Egan


ARCADIA, Calif. - Jockey Darren Egan, suspended 12 years by British horse racing officials in February for failing to put forth his best effort in two races in 2013, has been suspended by California Horse Racing Board officials from working an exercise rider at Santa Anita.

Egan, 24, has worked as an exercise rider in California for nearly a year. He has not ridden in England since October 2013.

In a one-paragraph decision issued Sunday, stewards Grant Baker, Scott Chaney, and Kim Sawyer suspended Egan, stating that he could not apply for a license in California until the completion of his penalty issued on Feb. 8 by the British Horseracing Authority.

Egan’s suspension by the BHA was made retroactive to Nov. 23, 2015, and lasts until Nov. 22, 2027. In a hearing conducted by the BHA in November, Egan was cited for his rides on two horses in England in 2013 and for providing information to gambler Philip Langford about the chances of his mounts.

A BHA investigation into Langford’s wagers through a betting exchange indicated that he bet on Egan’s mounts to lose in the summer of 2013 and had been in contact with the rider about the chances of those horses. In an e-mail sent to the BHA in November, Egan admitted wrongdoing and said “I needed the money desperately.”

In 2015, Egan sought a jockey’s license in California, but was granted an exercise rider’s license after BHA officials declined to send a letter of clearance on behalf of the jockey to California officials. At the time, the BHA indicated that Egan was under investigation, Sawyer said.

Last month, the BHA stated that Langford would be excluded from racing “indefinitely and that no application by him for a removal of the exclusion should be entertained for 15 years.”

Egan appeared at a hearing with Santa Anita stewards on Feb. 25.


David Benning More than 1 year ago
The sad thing here is that jockeys do this ALL THE TIME in the U.S. Jockeys know that how they ride their mounts can easily pre-determine the outcome (pace makes the race). It's much more commonplace when riders are riding for relatively low-percentage trainers (because they can get away with it when they ride for these types of trainers), and far less willing to do it when they are riding for legit trainers (who will absolutely know if their mount has been "compromised"). Buyer (bettor) beware. This is why I am very careful when I have a watch horse coming out of a low-percentage barn. More than a few of these jockeys are dirty I am sorry to say. I have total respect for what they do. I can also understand the temptations inherent to the job particularly when they are "hurting" for money. This is another reason that I stay away from bush tracks or low-value races, in general. I focus upon races that I know are much more likely to be run cleanly, which include MSWs (2yos and 3yos, primarily), allowance and optional claimers, stakes races, and so on (particularly where there are mid-to-high percentage trainers and riders).
Ron Williams More than 1 year ago
Joel Dubow More than 1 year ago
Egan's gambler interactions in England are a perfect example of why Exchange Wagering should not be allowed in the US.
Mark W. More than 1 year ago
Taking a man's livelyhood away is horrible, especially when they don't police California adequately.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to the California stewards. It's about time that these criminals are rejected at other venues. For way too long trainers and jockeys that cheated overseas were given a pass here only to then do the same here. Biancone is an example.
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
The suspension will be short lived, the CHRB will reduce it from 2027 to 2017 if he promises not to appeal