From the most recent Los Alamitos Stewards Minutes:
“JOCKEY G. JAIRO RANGEL IS FINED $300 FOR VIOLATION OF CHRB RULE #1688(b)(6) (USE OF RIDING CROP – MORE THAN THREE TIMES IN SUCCESSION WITHOUT GIVING THE HORSE A CHANCE TO RESPOND – SECOND OFFENSE), DURING THE SEVENTH RACE AT LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE ON OCTOBER 25, 2015. Jockey Rangel acknowledged his violation, stating that he forgot about the whipping rule.”
Second offense – but “he forgot about the whipping rule.”
“JOCKEY CRUZ MENDEZ IS FINED $300 FOR VIOLATION OF CHRB RULE #1688(b)(6) (SECOND OFFENSE), DURING THE SEVENTH RACE AT LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE ON OCTOBER 30, 2015. Jockey Mendez stated that he was unaware that striking his mount on the shoulder would be included in the three-strike count.”
Second offense – but was still unclear on the rule.
“JOCKEY OSCAR PEINADO IS SUSPENDED TWO RACING DAYS FOR VIOLATION OF CHRB RULE #1688(b)(6) (FOURTH OFFENSE), DURING THE NINTH RACE AT LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE ON OCTOBER 31, 2015. Jockey Peinado was remorseful and explained he was a last minute replacement in the Derby and, per the trainer’s instructions, got caught up in riding to win.”
“Got caught up in riding to win.” But he’s “remorseful.” By the way, a fourth offense brings but a two-day suspension (a suspension that does not preclude “participation in designated races in California”)?
Meanwhile, yesterday was another whip-for-the-win day at Finger Lakes (Equibase):
In the 2nd, “PRINCESS REYANA…opened up daylight…then [was] asked repeatedly…”
In the 7th, “ALCANUDANCE…opened up…then was whipped to the wire for the win.”
In the 9th, “HEPPLEWHITE…widened…then was under pressure for the win.”
This is horseracing.