The racing stewards at Monmouth Park have suspended jockeys Carlos Eduardo Lopez and Carlos Montalvo, for violating the New Jersey Racing Commission's riding crop rule. The rule states that the crop can only be used when necessary to "control the horse to avoid injury to the horse or rider."
Lopez's agent, Kevin Witte, said that the rider admitted he "got caught in the moment" when on his mount, trying to encourage his horse. The horse, VENEZUELAN AFFAIR, was eventually overtaken in deep stretch and finished second. (Paulick Report)
Lopez will be suspended from July 24-28.
Carlos Montalvo on the other hand, plans to appeal his suspension and fine that he received. He claimed before the stewards that he used the whip aboard M I SIX in order to prevent his mount from bolting on the turn. This happens to be something M I SIX's morning exercise rider says occurs with the horse during morning training.
The result chart on Equibase states that M I SIX was struck three times with the crop, which is what is being penalized.
The New Jersey Racing Commission does not permit its stewards from to speak to the the media and requires they refer all inquiries directly to the office of the New Jersey attorney general, who oversees the operation.
Montalvo's suspension is scheduled for August 24-28.
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