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Illegal Crop Mistakenly Used

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Published: September 3, 2009 11:09 am ET

Last Comment: September 8, 2009 10:21 am ET | 8 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

According to a report by the Toronto Star, thoroughbred Sans Sousi may be disqualified from its victory last night after it was found that top Woodbine Racetrack jockey Chantal Sutherland mistakenly used what is now considered a banned racing crop during the contest.

Sutherland's crop violation came during what was the first Woodbine card contested under new Ontario Racing Commission rules. Earlier this week, Woodbine jockeys discussed the changes.

According to the Toronto Star story, Sutherland accepting full responsibility for the costly mix-up. "It was totally my fault, I forgot," she was quoted as saying.

Sutherland's mount, Sans Sousi, may have to forfeit the $40,080 winner's share of the $66,800 purse. The Bold Executive filly is owned by Eaton Hall Farm and trainer Mike Doyle.

The Toronto Star report states that there will be a hearing today regarding the incident.

(With files from the Toronto Star)

September 8, 2009 - 10:21 amThe Cup and Saucer illegal

john thomas SAID...

The Cup and Saucer illegal entry was one thing as the owners knew ahead of time but this is ridiculous.

A warning/fine/suspension etc. to the jockey is sufficient.

The owners have no power over what equipment the jockey carries.

September 3, 2009 - 9:23 pmWhen a driver goes on the

Joseph Kelly SAID...

When a driver goes on the track... The owner of the horse has no more control... why should we lose the purse money ??? I do-not recall any discussion made to penalize the ones that pay the bills ?? If we get rid of are horses... you have no game !! think about it!!!!!!

September 3, 2009 - 5:18 pmThe owners or bettors should

The owners or bettors should never be penalized for this type of offence.
We can't afford to lose either of these most valuable assets!

September 3, 2009 - 3:35 pmGee I guess the orc judges

RANDY ZHOK SAID...

Gee I guess the orc judges didnt take each jockey in before the races like kawartha downs did with each driver and completely explain the new rules. Why didnt the paddock judge check each jockey on the way out? They only have 30 minutes between each race there to get it right?

September 3, 2009 - 1:46 pmHOLY SMOKES is right,the

dan lagace SAID...

HOLY SMOKES is right,the jockey makes a honest mistake and admits to forgeting and the owner loses $40k for doing nothing wrong,what a great idea.punish the owners for something they have no control over.

September 3, 2009 - 1:07 pmTHIS IS TOTALLY

tom lawson SAID...

THIS IS TOTALLY CRAZY.....DOESN,T THE FINE GO TO THE RIDER AS IT DOES IN HARNESS RACING AND NOT THE OWNER? THIS IS GOING WAY TO FAR.MUST LEAVE PEOPLE WONDERING WHAT YOU PEOPLE WILL DO NEXT!

September 3, 2009 - 11:50 amIs the racing commision

Is the racing commision admitting that the use of the old crops gives a jockey an advantage over the old??? Is it also to say that some horses performance will be affected by the new crop and they may not perform as well??? The ORC may want to think careefully before acting in this case. Our future may depend on it.

September 3, 2009 - 11:37 amHoly smokes!!! Give her a

Holy smokes!!! Give her a warning, first and only offense. HAppens again throw the book at her!


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