Rich Strike jockey suspended for careless riding ahead of Kentucky Derby win

Kentucky Derby champion Rich Strike jockey Sonny Leon has been suspended for careless riding in Ohio before the Kentucky Derby.

His agent told The Associated Press that the four-day suspension won’t affect his ability to compete in next week’s Preakness, recently announced by stewards at Thistledown Racecourse in Ohio.

They claim that Leon, 32, “deliberately and actively” drove his horse One Glamorous Gal to block other horses in the final race on April 27.

While it happened before the derby, Leon’s suspension wasn’t announced until he rode the Rich Strike into the history books at 80-1 odds — the second-biggest upset in the game’s history.

The suspension was first reported by Louisville’s Courier Magazine.

Punishment is far from Leon’s first. The Venezuelan jockey has been suspended five times since September for a total of 32 days, according to Courier Daily. Three of the penalties were for careless riding.

If the horse comes in, Leon is still expected to ride the Rich Strike at Preakness in Baltimore on May 21, according to agent Jeff Perrin.

This article is based in part on the Cable Services report.



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