Derby winning rider Leon is serving suspension by Ohio stewards

Kentucky Derby upset winner Rich Strike’s jockey is currently serving a four-day suspension handed down by an Ohio racing stewards, which his agent says will not prevent him from riding the horse at next week’s Preakness.

Stewards last week suspended Sonny Leone for reckless riding in the third race at Thistledown Racecourse on April 27, during which he “deliberately and aggressively” railed a glamorous gal to block other horses in the section. Extended. Leon interfered with jockey Alexander Chavez aboard the Ultra Ray, the ruling said, and the one glamorous gal was disqualified from third and placed sixth.

This is Lyon’s fifth suspension since last fall and includes a 15-day fine in West Virginia for providing false and tampered documents. Lyon’s original eight-day suspension in Ohio was reduced to four because he did not appeal, and he began serving the penalty on Monday and it ended on Thursday.

Leon’s current suspension was first reported by the Courier Journal in Louisville.

The Ohio suspension applies to all states, but agent Jeff Perrin told the Associated Press on Wednesday that it will not prevent Venezuelan jockeys from riding specified races. Perrin said Lyons is set to return with six mounts at Cincinnati’s Beltera Park on Friday and with an extra weekend ride at Churchill Downs in Louisville after his resounding victory amid several requests.

Perrin said Lyon’s future includes another ride aboard Rich Strike in the Preakness in Baltimore on May 21, in case the horse is entered. Messages left with instructor Eric Reed were not immediately returned.

“Our job is to get where we need to be, but we don’t make those decisions,” Perrin said, comparing the stewards’ decisions to technical glitches in basketball. “But that horse will definitely be with him. You can never forget the things you did to ride in the Kentucky Derby and the people who helped get you there. ,

Lyon rides 80-1 longshot rich strike Friday’s last-minute entry followed three quarter-length upset wins over 4-1 favorite Epicenter in the Derby after a scratch and started from No. 20 outside post position. The Chestnut Colt paid $163.60 as the second-highest underdog to win the Derby in 1913, behind Donrell, who returned $184.90.


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