Lynch Surrenders License to PA Commission

Jockey Fergal Lynch has voluntarily surrendered his license.

Jockey Fergal Lynch voluntarily surrendered his license Sept. 3, the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission said in a short release.

Lynch, who had been the leading rider at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack this year until recently, was suspended in July as a result of his actions in England, where he admitted to preventing a horse from winning a race in 2004. Under a recent plea deal with the British Horseracing Authority, Lynch agreed not to seek a riding license in England for one year. He was also fined more than $80,000.

The PSHRC said Lynch has agreed to not seek licensure or mounts in Pennsylvania, or any other racing jurisdiction in North America, until he is issued a license by the BHA.

PSHRC officials earlier said Lynch’s suspension was a “private property decision” by Philly Park.

Lynch was suspended in England for 18 months after being accused of stopping his mount, Bond City, from winning an allowance race back in August 2004 at Ripon. The incident led to a race-fixing investigation, and though Lynch was acquitted during a high-profile trail, he later agreed to a plea with British racing authorities.