The Maryland racing stewards have found jockey Jamie Ryan and exercise rider Rene Maisonneuve guilty of possession and use of an electric device (a battery) before and during the running of the second race at Laurel on Nov. 7.
The stewards confronted Ryan, 21, and Maisonneuve, 28, after Northern Hill, Ryan's mount, finished second in the race. Maisonneuve, a former jockey, said he had found the device that morning at the starting gate. He said the only thing exchanged between him and Ryan during the post parade was a win ticket bought for him by Ryan.
The case has been remanded to the State Racing Commission for further adjudication. The stewards are limited by statute to suspending licensees up to three months and issuing $500 fines. The racing commission could suspend both men for life.
Northern Hill was disqualified from second place and placed last.
Naughty Jimmy began pulling away from Whooper and Issue Joined at the head of the stretch and drew away to a four-length victory in yesterday's feature race at Laurel.
The victory for the 8-year-old son of Roanoke Island was his 21st in 72 career starts and brought his lifetime earnings to more than $310,000.
He was ridden by Ron Franklin in 1:36 2/5 for the mile, paying $7. Coupled with Issue Joined, the 2-6 exacta returned $35.40.