Carmouche To Serve Spa 'Careless Riding' Suspension Thu-Sat

Kendrick Carmouche | Sarah Andrew


Jockey Kendrick Carmouche has opted not to appeal a three-day “careless riding” suspension imposed by the Saratoga Race Course stewards and will sit out the penalty this Thursday, July 27, through Saturday, July 29.

The infraction occurred in Saratoga's sixth race July 20, a 5 1/2-furlong MSW turf sprint for 2-year-old fillies. He was aboard Parade Ring (Ire), (Night of Thunder {Ire}), a 44-1 first-time-starter who finished third.

The Equibase chart explained that Parade Ring was “a bit fractious in the gate prior to the start, was backed out and reloaded, chased along the inside just off the pace, came under coaxing near the quarter pole, angled three to four wide into upper stretch, dug in under a drive, then came under a very active right handed rein and came inwards bumping Neom Beach (Omaha Beach) solidly off stride just outside the sixteenth marker, came in again, the rider continuing to go to the right handed rein encouragement nearly using it as a crop and brushed with that same foe seventy yards from home before prevailing in the battle for the show honors.”

Neom Beach finished fifth. There was an inquiry but no disqualification.

Carmouche is 5-for-37 at the Saratoga meet. He's the third jockey there this season penalized three days for careless riding, joining Flavien Prat (who will serve his days Wednesday through Friday this week) and Tyler Gaffalione (who has been granted a stay pending the outcome of an appeal).

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