Smarty Jones's jockey, Stewart Elliott, was fined again for submitting an inaccurate riders' application, this time by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
Elliott was fined $500 Wednesday for "making false statements in relation to his license application," the board said in a statement.
The fine will not affect Elliott's riding status for the June 5 Belmont Stakes, when the jockey will climb aboard the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and attempt to win the Triple Crown.
Elliott was fined $1,000 two weeks ago by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.
The jockey pleaded guilty to assault three years ago following a fight with a friend but didn't disclose the information when applying for a license to ride at Churchill Downs. One of eight questions on the form asks if the applicant was arrested, indicted or convicted, or pleaded guilty to any criminal offense within the last 10 years. Elliott checked "no."
Elliott's horse, Smarty Jones, could be shipped to New York as early as Tuesday night to prepare for the Belmont Stakes. Trainer John Servis said he may ship the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner a day earlier than expected to be there for the draw and avoid any hot weather Wednesday.
Smarty Jones had another strong, solo gallop yesterday morning, with the undefeated colt going 1 5/8 miles on a closed track at Philadelphia Park. Servis said the colt would have another easy day today.
-- Associated Press