Fighting Jockeys Meet With Kentucky Stewards

Fighting Jockeys Meet With Kentucky Stewards
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Calvin Borel is restrained after the Marathon.

Kentucky racing stewards are expected to announce Nov. 7 whether to penalize jockeys Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano for a post-race brawl after the Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. III) at Churchill Downs Nov. 5.

Stewards conducted a hearing on the morning of Nov. 6 with the three jockeys involved in a nearly disastrous bumping incident in the homestretch and the ensuing altercation following the Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. III).

Kentucky state steward John Veitch said officials reviewed films of the race altercation and interviewed the jockeys -- Castellano, Borel and Martin Garcia. A scuffle broke out between Borel and Castellano in the winner's circle following the race after the jockeys had weighed out.

Castellano, aboard Prince Will I Am, nearly caused the unseating of Garcia -- who somehow managed to stay aboard his horse Romp -- when he angled Prince Will I Am into his rival's path and bumped during the stretch drive. The move also appeared to cause the jostling of A. U. Miner, who was advancing on the outside of Romp.

A livid Borel accosted Castellano as the winner's circle ceremony for the victorious Eldaafer was in progress and a flurry of blows were exchanged as onlookers closed in. Borel had to be dragged away from Castellano, who appeared to be well-shaken by the incident. Prince Will I Am was disqualified from his runner-up finish and placed 10th. A. U. Miner, the original fourth-place finisher, was moved up to third.

In a statement released by Churchill Downs, Veitch said: "We reviewed the films and listened to their explanation on what occurred during the running of the race. The stewards will make a decision today on what the penalty is going to be. We will write out a formal ruling on Sunday, Nov. 7, and apply what penalty we think is appropriate."

Borel, the winning jockey in three of the last four Kentucky Derbys, later apologized for his behavior on his Facebook page, according to Associated Press.

``It was a situation that deserved to be resolved,'' Borel wrote. ``However, said resolution should have taken place within the privacy of the jockeys quarters.''

Veitch said Castellano and Borel had waived a formal hearing, which was scheduled for Nov. 13, allowing officials to go ahead with their ruling. Penalties could range from a warning to a suspension.

Neither rider has a history of misconduct while riding in Kentucky, Veitch said.
 
In a separate matter concerning Life At Ten in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, stewards said they "will contact jockey John Velazquez and trainer Todd Pletcher to get as much information as we possibly can about the performance of that filly in the race.”

Life At Ten, the second choice in the race, broke last and was eased by Velazquez after losing contact with the field soon after. Velazquez had told ESPN before going into the gate that the 5-year-old mare had not warmed up well.
 

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