‘It’s Not The 1800s Anymore’: Davis Calls For Rule Coupling Married Riders To Be Dropped

Newlywed jockeys Trevor McCarthy and Katie Davis were made aware of a unique rule earlier this week stating that if a husband and wife are riding against each other in the same race, their horses have to be coupled as one betting interest, according to published reports.

McCarthy and Davis, who were married in mid-December, were both upset to find out about this little known rule. While Davis says that the trainers she rides for will not let the rule stop them from using her, the couple is worried that the rule could have a negative impact on McCarthy’s business.

“Trevor is worried it might affect his business, and if it does it could come down to me choosing to make a living or not, and that’s not fair,” Davis told Bloodhorse.com’s Bob Ehalt. “It’s not the 1800s anymore. The rule needs to be changed. We are very competitive. We don’t give each other a shot. We’re both trying 150% when we ride against each other.”

Davis has reached out to the Jockeys’ Guild for help combatting the rule, but she has been told by sources that it could take six months for the rule to be dropped. New York Racing Association (NYRA) senior vice president of racing operations Martin Panza says that NYRA has no power to change the rule even if they do not agree with it.

Read more at bloodhorse.com.

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