Clerk of scales Michael Garrison was fined $1,000 by the stewards and suspended indefinitely. Horse identifier Mark Munden has replaced him, according to chief steward Danny Wright. The seven jockeys — Alexis Rios-Conde, Tony Maragh, Anthony Mawing, Luis Perez, Larry Reynolds, Jesus Sanchez, and Dale Whittaker — also were fined $1,000 each and suspended for 30 days beginning Thursday.
A tipster contacted Charles Town management and reported jockeys were weighing above the two-pound-over limit without Garrison reporting the violations, and the track set up two cameras the evening of March 25, one trained on the scale’s digital readout and the other watching the riders get on the scale, Wright said.
After watching the tapes from before March 26 races, management representatives went to the jockeys’ room the following day and escorted Garrison from the grounds and turned over the tapes to the stewards.
The stewards held a hearing Wednesday and fined and suspended Garrison and the riders. Wright said he had no knowledge of criminal charges being filed. He said the judges did not believe conspiracy was involved.