Jockey hit with TEN-YEAR ban for using electrical shocking device punters spotted in hastily deleted photo
A JOCKEY has been banned for ten years and fined £3600 for using an electrical shocking device punters spotted in a rapidly deleted photo.
Tomas Mejia was kicked off all his rides closing Friday after a photo of him celebrating a winner precipitated widespread alarm.
Stewards had been alerted to a picture that appeared to stage out two prongs protruding of the rider’s left hand.
The prongs regarded like they’d been a part of a battery or electrical shocking device.
The photo had been posted on Monmouth Park’s official Facebook web net web page to have time Mejia’s first winner since getting back from harm in July.
An investigation was launched after eagle-eyed punters spotted the article.
The probe, which referred to the photographic proof, dominated: “Upon entering the winners’ circle and prior to dismounting from the horse Strongerthanuknow on September 3, 2021, Tomas Mejia was in possession of a prohibited electrical device.”
Batteries or shocking gadgets ship jolts to horses to make them run sooner.
Stewards furthermore pushed for Mejia’s jockey licence to completely revoked.
The ruling added: “In addition to the penalty issued herein, the Board of Stewards refers this matter to the New Jersey Racing Commission and recommends the permanent revocation of Mr Mejia’s New Jersey Racing Commission licence.”
Mejia’s ban lasts till September 2031 and he’s banned from all grounds beneath the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Racing Commission.
The jockey, who’s from Panama, had been snapped celebrating his comeback win at Monmouth in New Jersey, US, earlier this month.
He beat 4-5 favorite Mumbai by a neck in the seventh race on the cardboard.
Mejia, 26, was major apprentice jockey in Panama and had gained 110 races in the US since arriving in 2018.
A ten-year ban is among the many many largest in racing.
Fellow jockey Roman Chapa, who today handed away, was given 5 years for using one amongst many buzzers in 2007.
Top Australian rider Jason Waddell, 35, was banned for a decade after he threatened to kill a racing boss in a menacing cellphone title.