Eclipse Award-Winning Apprentice Fined, Suspended For Carrying Wrong Weight

Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey Alexander Crispin has been suspended for 30 days and fined $1,000 for carrying the wrong weight during a race at Laurel Park in Maryland, reports the Daily Racing Form. No specific details about the reasons for the ruling have been reported.

The race in question is the ninth on Jan. 16, 2021, in which Alpha Queue finished third. The horse, trained by Lacey Gaudet, was disqualified, and the Equibase chart notes that it “carried wrong weight.” Crispin’s listed weight in the chart, presumably the weight at which he was supposed to ride Alpha Queue, was 115 pounds.

According to the condition book, Crispin can ride at as low as 108 pounds.

Maryland rules require disqualification if the jockey rides at least one pound below listed weight, while overweights may be penalized with warnings.

Two stewards outside of Maryland, commenting without specific knowledge of Crispin’s case, told the Daily Racing Form that the fine and suspension suggest Crispin may have deliberately falsified his weight, or knew that he was not riding under the assigned weight.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form.

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