Again, it’s not even close to being the worst of it, but… Word comes that Sonny Leon, the “winning” jockey in the Derby, is currently serving a four-day suspension in Ohio for “careless riding” in an April 27 race at Thistledown. Specifically, Leon “deliberately and aggressively steered [his horse] towards the rail to block on-coming horses.” This is Leon’s fifth suspension since September; the highlight of those: “inflicting visible injuries on one of his mounts through misuse of the whip” (Courier-Journal).
Of the jockey’s methods, Jeff Perrin, Leon’s agent, says: “You do have to be aggressive to win. I think there are judgment calls that people make, and I don’t want to comment on it too much for political reasons. But you have to be aggressive.”
“But you have to be aggressive.” Had enough yet, America?