Trainer Eric Guillot, who saddled Moreno to a second-place finish in the Travers, has lodged
a complaint with the New York State Gaming Commission alleging that jockey Luis
Saez, who won the 2013 Travers aboard Will Take Charge, used an electronic “buzzer”
during the Travers.
commission officials told the Daily Racing Form that they have received the
complaint and it is under review.
Saez has denied the accusations through his agent, Richard Depass.
the DRF, the investigation is being conducted by the three track stewards as
well as the Gaming Commission. Carmine Donofrio, the Gaming Commission steward,
confirmed the stewards asked NBC for a tape of the race.
time a buzzer was used in a major race was the 1999 Arkansas Derby, where
jockey Billy Patin was disqualified and suspended after winning with 30-1 shot
Valhol. Patin was shown to have
dropped an object to the ground after the race. In 2003, seven days after Funny Cide won the Derby, The
Miami Herald published a story suggesting that jockey Jose Santos might have
carried a device in his right hand during the race. After three days of
scrutiny and embarrassment, Santos was cleared by Churchill stewards.
Saez have a buzzer in his hand?
You be the judge. Below are
some close-up photos courtesy of EclipseSportswire and the video from NBC.