Jockey, steward cited for multiple violations

The Associated Press
Thursday, March 10, 2011; 6:46 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky racing officials say jockey John Velazquez and chief racing steward John Veitch broke the rules during the running of the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic last fall.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said Thursday there is "probable cause" to think Velazquez and Veitch both violated state racing guidelines during filly Life At Ten's participation in the race under the lights at Churchill Downs.

Velazquez told TV commentators moments before the race that Life At Ten didn't warm up properly. She was not scratched, however, and jogged behind the field for the 1 1-8 mile race.

A lengthy report cites Velazquez for three violations and Veitch for five. The case now moves to a hearing officer, who will determine whether the violations occurred and could recommend disciplinary action.

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Trainer Todd Pletcher insists he did nothing wrong when he allowed filly Life At Ten to run in last fall's Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has spent four months investigating why Life At Ten was allowed to run in the 1 1/8-mile race at Churchill Downs despite concerns by jockey John Velazquez that she did not warm up properly.

Life At Ten went off as the second choice but jogged well behind the field during the race

Pletcher released a statement Thursday saying while Life At Ten was "quieter" than usual in the paddock, there were no red flags that would have prevented her from running.

Kentucky officials are expected to release their findings Thursday afternoon. Pletcher, who says he cooperated fully during the investigation, says his request for a copy of the report was denied.

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