04/26/2007 11:00PM

Two riders fined for gaffe


Jockeys Kent Desormeaux and Elvis Trujillo, who each misjudged the finish line in Thursday's third race at Keeneland, on Friday received fines of $2,500 apiece from Keeneland's stewards, but neither rider was suspended for the incident.

Desormeaux, aboard Ms. Sabbatical, and Trujillo, on first-time starter Lear's Princess, were alongside one another, well clear of the rest of the field, as they passed the sixteenth pole in the seven-furlong race. Trujillo, riding at Keeneland for the first time, rose first. A few strides later, Desormeaux, who has ridden at Keeneland all meet, also stood up. So, as both horses passed under the actual finish line, their riders were both galloping out their horses. Lear's Princess won by a nose.

The sixteenth pole serves as a finish line for two-turn races at 1o1/16 miles at Keeneland, such as the Lexington Stakes, but never for sprints, such as Thursday's third race.

Trujillo said Thursday that he misjudged the line. Desormeaux said he stood up after seeing Trujillo stand, believing they must have passed the finish line.