06/07/2004 11:00PM

Stevens gets stay on suspension


Gary Stevens's appeal of the 20-day suspension he received from the stewards at the Capannelle in Rome on May 31 has resulted in a postponement of the ban until a hearing on June 24.

The decision of the stewards frees Stevens to ride in Sunday's French Oaks as well as at Royal Ascot next week.

Stevens received the suspension after he refused to ride a horse in the Group 3 Premio Tudini after the horse pulled his way down to the start and ran into a cement wall, injuring his mouth. On his website, Stevens said that he asked to be taken off his mount, Sopran Foldan, as he had hurt himself in the accident and didn't believe the horse was fit to run. The jockey said he received an injection of Toradol, an anti-inflammatory, and a letter from the track doctor explaining the situation.

Sopran Foldan finished 14th of 16.

* Jockey Dominique Boeuf has parted company with Ecurie Wildenstein as a result of the exchange between owner Alec Wildenstein and the rider after the Boeuf's ride aboard third-place Vallee Enchantee in the Coronation Cup at Epsom on Friday. Boeuf has been replaced by Olivier Peslier, who will ride second-call for the Wildensteins as he is under first-string contract for the Wertheimer Brothers.