Jockeys fined after Friday night fight

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two jockeys involved in a brawl on the opening night of the Breeders' Cup have been fined.

The Kentucky Board of Stewards ruled Jockey Calvin Borel initiated the fight with Jockey Javier Castellano, shortly after the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon.

"Like any sport, sometimes {jockeys} lose their temper. And, that is something {that we} certainly don't approve of particularly in the eyes of the public," Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Chief State Steward John Veitch said.

Borel has been fined the maximum, which is $5,000. While, Castellano will pay $2,500.

"Both Calvin and Castellano did express {a} great deal of remorse. They felt it was very unprofessional. It certainly should not have happened in the public arena," Veitch said.

Besides being fined, Castellano has also been suspended for 6 days. Veitch said Castellano has been suspended because of the incident on the track, which caused the fight between Castellano and Borel in the winner's circle afterward. During the race, Castellano caused an interference, which Veitch said means Castellano moved without looking.

"He {Castellano} was in the middle of a group of horses. He thought that there was an opening in front of him. It didn't transpire as he had planned. The horse in front of him was stopping, slowing down. He came to the outside without looking and bumped into {jockey} Martin Garcia's horse -almost unseating him and also bumping into Calvin Borel. It was a chain reaction situation," Veitch said.

Castellano has been banned from riding November 11-14th and the 16th-17th. "The reason we go with a suspension with jockeys rather than fines is {because} the days they can't work, it costs them money," Veitch said.

"When we hand out a suspension to a jockey, it warns the others {to} not do that," Veitch said.

Veitch said Borel and Castellano reconciled their differences the same night of the brawl. The two jockeys waived their right to a hearing.

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