Jockey suspended after illegal horse racing allegations at Fairmount Park

Jockey suspended after illegal horse racing allegations at Fairmount Park

Jockey suspended after illegal horse racing allegations at Fairmount Park

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Illinois state racing officials have suspended a jockey for not trying his hardest when riding against a 70-year-old rider trying to make history at Fairmount Park.

Jockey John Lejeune was suspended 60 days “for a failure to persevere and put forth his best effort to achieve a maximum placing with his horse ‘Magnificent Mindy’ during the running of the second race at Fairmount Park on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.”

The punishment comes after allegations were made that jockeys at the park near Collinsville tried to let R.A. “Cowboy” Jones win the race, making him the first known rider to win a thoroughbred race in seven different decades. Jones ended up finishing second, atop My Kentucky Breeze.

Uriel Lopez won the race aboard Ola D., outdistancing Jones by nearly two lengths.

In a statement released by the Illinois Racing Board, officials said Lejeune’s actions “called into question the honesty and integrity of horse racing and were injurious to the betting public.

 

His suspension runs through Sept. 28.

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