02/22/2016 2:50PM

Three jockeys fined for riding infractions

Barbara D. Livingston
Jockey Junior Alvarado

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The stewards on Sunday fined jockey Cornelio Velasquez $1,000 for failure to ride in a professional manner in the fifth race Feb. 15. Velasquez did not maintain a straight course in the stretch on Congrats Kids, the eventual runner-up, who came over on Sky High Skylar, who finished third. The stewards, who had previously warned Velasquez about failing to maintain a straight course, did not take any action in the race.

On Saturday, the stewards fined Junior Alvarado ($3,000) and Angel Arroyo ($1,000) for failure to ride in a professional manner. Alvarado was fined for “failure to put best effort forward” on Zippity Zoom, who lost fourth by a nose in the final stride of the sixth race Feb. 12. Arroyo was fined for allowing Ima Wildcat to come over on another horse while leaving the starting gate in the seventh race Feb. 12. Arroyo had previously been warned by the stewards for similar actions on other horses.