Friday, the Minnesota Racing Commission issued the following:
“Commission Vet [observed] riding crop welts on the right flank of Ray’s Angel, winner of the 7th Race at Canterbury Park on July 19; Jockey Denny Velazquez is hereby assessed a civil penalty of $1,500. The Board of Stewards finds Velazquez’ previous history – seventh rule violation in the last three years involving prohibited use of the riding crop – to be an aggravating circumstance necessitating an enhanced penalty.”
WELTS. A history of abuse. A $1500 “civil penalty”? “Enhanced”?
Watch the force Velazquez brings to bear on Ray’s Angel; bluntly speaking, he is beating the hell out of him…
Saturday, the stewards at Prairie Meadows ruled:
“Having reviewed the video replay of the 8th race on August 3…Jockey Ramon Vazquez is hereby assessed an administrative penalty of $1,000 for excessive whipping (48 strikes in the final 3 ½ furlongs) of his horse…
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