Appeal in 'Goggles' Incident Dismissed

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority has dismissed an appeal filed by a trainer whose horse finished second to a winner encouraged to the finish line by a jockey using his goggles rather than a whip.

The racing authority Monday upheld the finding of hearing officer James Robke that trainer Charles Simon's appeal of the May 26 race at Churchill Downs should have been made before the race was declared official rather than the day after the race.

During the race in question, jockey Rene Douglas - riding Precious Kitten for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Dale Romans - dropped his whip and won the race while using his goggles to urge the horse to win the 1 1/16-mile maiden special race. Simons-trained Earth to Nina finished second.

Kentucky Racing Authority executive director Jim Gallagher said rules of racing stipulate that a whip is the only equipment that can be used in trying to get a horse to win a race. He said it is implied that, if a rider drops his whip, he could only use his hands in guiding the horse home.