Indiana Stewards Suspend Jockey Gabriel Saez 30 Days For ‘Extreme Carelessness On The Racetrack’

Stewards at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Ind. handed down a 30-day suspension to jockey Gabriel Saez due to an incident he was involved in during the fourth race on June 17, reports the Daily Racing Form.

Aboard Justtequilatalkin in the 2-year-old maiden, Saez was out in front when his mount shifted toward the rail and caused three other horses and riders to fall. Jockey Joseph Ramos escaped unharmed, but Augustin Gomez broke his tibia and Albin Jiminez broke his eye socket and has five fractures in his back.

Two of the horses walked off the track, while a third was vanned off.

The stewards watched video replays of the race with Saez on June 18, and their ruling, handed down that same day, cites Saez for “extreme carelessness on the racetrack.” The suspension was to begin on June 22, and Saez is not named aboard any mounts at Indiana Grand this week, but the jockey is appealing to the Indiana Racing Commission and has requested a stay of his suspension.

Saez is named on horses at Churchill Downs beginning Thursday, June 25, and is booked to ride multiple graded stakes winner By My Standards in Saturday’s Grade 2, $500,000 Stephen Foster Stakes beneath the Twin Spires.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form.

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