Jockey Suspended for Using Whip on Horse's Face

Jockey Jeremy Rose was suspended for six months following a stewards' hearing the morning of June 24 for whipping his mount Appeal to the City in the face during the third race at Delaware Park June 23.

In the official ruling, Delaware Park stewards contended that Rose "engaged in extreme misuse of the whip during the stretch run while on the horse Appeal to the City." John Wayne, executive director of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, said the horse experienced some hemorrhaging around its eye due to contact with Rose's whip.

Appeal to the City, a 5-year-old daughter of Appealing Skier, was initially examined by commission veterinarian John Peters, DVM, after which she was taken to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center for treatment.

The stewards' ruling also stated that Rose would be responsible for all veterinarian bills for the care and treatment required for Appeal to the City. Rose is required to attend and complete an anger management course to be approved in advance by the stewards at their sole discretion within the next six months.

Rose was suspended from riding until Dec. 24, and was ordered to complete an anger management course and pay for Appeal to the City's veterinary treatment.
Owned by Raymond Makarovich, the mare is trained by Howard Wolfendale, who declined to comment on the situation until it was settled. Calls made to Rose; his agent, Kid Breeden; and attorney Alan Foreman, who is representing the jockey, were not immediately returned the afternoon of June 24.

"This is very unusual, although when something like this does happen, I'd like to think we took the appropriate actions today, which was very quickly," Wayne said of the hearing. "We have to protect our due process rights, but (Rose) had a hearing, and he was suspended."

Wayne said Rose has appealed his suspension, which will be considered at another hearing July 22. Rose requested a stay for the riding infraction until the hearing, but that request was denied.

Wayne pointed out that while Rose is only suspended in Delaware, there usually is reciprocity throughout other racing jurisdictions. Rose, who is denied the privileges of all grounds of Delaware Park during his suspension, was scheduled for several mounts June 24 at Delaware, but was taken off all of them. His suspension goes through Dec. 24.

"This was an act that the stewards considered very serious, as well as the commission," Wayne said. "We would like to think that it was an out-of-character thing for Jeremy."

A native of Bellefonte, Pa., Rose, 29, won the 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes aboard Afleet Alex. In 2001, he was honored with an Eclipse Award as top apprentice jockey. Since 2000, Rose has won a career total of 1,730 races from 8,600 mounts.

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Esther Marr

Esther Marr is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.

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