Two Delta Downs Jockeys Suspended Six Months

Riders suspended for allegedly giving money to the clerk of scales.

Two jockeys have been suspended six months by the Delta Downs stewards for allegedly giving money to the clerk of scales at the Louisiana track.

According to the ruling, jockeys Hector M. Santiago and Jason R. Eads are suspended six months, beginning April 16, for "conduct not in the best interests of racing" for their actions. No additional details about the incident were included in the suspension report, although the following notation was included: "In the opinion of the stewards, the penalty is insufficient, therefore the case is referred to the Louisiana State Racing Commission for further action."

According to Larry Munster, assistant executive secretary of the LSRC, Santiago has been granted a suspensive appeal and Eads has applied for one. A suspensive appeal is in effect a stay and permits them to ride until their cases are heard. Munster said clerk of scales Matthew Provost was also suspended and his case referred to the commission.

According to Equibase, Eads has ridden 1,559 winners from 11,509 mounts between 1990 and April 19 of this year. From March 21 to April 19, he had two winners from 15 mounts. Among the stakes winners he has ridden have been Maysville Slew, Indigo Girl, and Avie’s Lady.

Equibase statistics show that Santiago has ridden 231 winners from 2,865 mounts between 1990 and April 19. He was winless with 21 mounts from March 21 to April 19.