Van Dyke Fined, Suspended For HISA Crop Violation; Owner May Lose $48,000 Purse

Jockey Drayden Van Dyke has been suspended three days and fined $960 for using the riding crop five strikes over the limit aboard Ruis Racing’s Bolt’s Broad in the sixth race at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, Calif., on Sept. 9.

Under Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority regulations, penalties for Class 2 riding crop violations (four to nine strikes over the limit of six) also call for the horse to be disqualified from purse earnings.

Mike Marten, spokesperson for the California Horse Racing Board, said any purse disqualification is considered a separate matter and requires a hearing. The owner, trainer, and jockey will be notified of a hearing so they may be present, Marten said, adding the hearing with the connections of Bolt’s Broad will be scheduled “very soon.”

Bolt’s Broad, trained by Shelbe Ruis, finished first by a nose in the one-mile maiden race run on dirt after being transferred from turf because of wet conditions. Last early, the 2-year-old filly from the first crop sired by Bolt d’Oro rallied wide into the stretch under Van Dyke and caught Classymademoiselle and jockey Diego Herrera at the wire.

Winner’s share of the $81,000 purse was $48,000.

Photo finish showing Bolt’s Broad winning by a nose

Van Dyke appeared to strike Bolt’s Broad six times in the final sixteenth of a mile. The HISA rule, in addition to limiting a jockey to six strikes, also states, “The rider must allow at least two strides for the horse to respond before using the crop again.”

The ruling does not affect pari-mutuel wagering. Bolt’s Broad paid $42.60 to win.

This was Van Dyke’s second HISA riding crop violation since the rules went into effect July 1. He previously was fined $250 and suspended one day for going two strikes over the limit – a Class 3 violation (one to three strikes over the limit) – in a July 29 race at Del Mar.

Van Dyke received three points for the first violation and five for the most recent one. Under HISA’s multiple violations rule, riders may receive an additional seven-day suspension when they have accumulated between 11 and 15 points; 15 days for 16-20 points; and 30 days for 21 or more points. Points expire six months after a Class 3 violation, nine months after a Class 2 and one year after a Class 1 (10 or more strikes over the limit).

Van Dyke’s suspension is scheduled to run Sept. 17, 18 and 22 but he may participate in designated stakes races on those days.

Below is the replay of Bolt’s Broad’s Sept. 9 win.



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