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October 20, 2014, 4:13 pm
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Jockey Suspended For Allegedly Throwing Race To Benefit Another Rider


An Illinois jockey has been suspended from horseracing for 60 days for allegedly trying to rig the outcome of a recent race. 

 

The State Racing Board is looking into whether several jockeys at Fairmount Park conspired to let another jockey win a race on July 23rd.  The victory would have been history making for 70-year-old R.A. “Cowboy” Jones, who would have become the first known rider to win thoroughbred races in seven different decades. 

 

Instead, Jones finished second… and the rider who finished third, John Lejeune, is accused of holding back at the end to let Jones beat him.

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