New York Advances Rule To Prevent Jockey Appeals That ‘Game The System’ At Big Race Meets

The New York State Gaming Commission advanced a new rule proposal this Tuesday which would allow it discretion in requiring jockeys to serve riding violation suspensions at the track at which the violation occurred, reports the Thoroughbred Daily News. The rule is a result of jockeys filing appeals during big race meets, most often at Saratoga, then withdrawing the appeal at the end of that meet, so that they serve suspensions outside the dates of meets with the biggest purses.

The proposed rule, approved unanimously, will now be published in the state lawmaking register before going to a public comment period, and will not be approved in time for this year’s Saratoga meet.

NYSGC executive director Robert Williams explained to commissioners prior to the June 29 vote: “The jockey can seek to game the system by requesting a hearing and then withdrawing the request at the conclusion of the meet, serving the suspension during a [different] meet [that] the jockey prefers.

“This tactic has real impact on commission operations, as staffing spends resources in arranging and preparing for a hearing that fails to be conducted.”

Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News.

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