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ESPN racing analysts Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss — whose comments and pre-race interview with John Velazquez, the rider of Candy DeBartolo’s Life At Ten in the Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, revealed something was amiss with the second betting choice prior to her being eased in the race — both said the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission would be taking a backward step by prohibiting similar horseback interviews with jockeys in future telecasts. The KHRC is investigating the events surrounding the incident and both executive director Lisa Underwood and chief steward John Veitch told the Louisville Courier-Journal one recommendation might be to ban jockeys from talking to the media once they are legged up to ride.

“Do we need less transparency at a time when our sport is struggling with the history of perceived drugging of our horses?” Bailey, a retired Hall of Fame jockey told the Paulick Report. “Whether I talked to John or not would not have changed the fact that something was wrong with the filly.”

Velazquez told Bailey in two live interviews after the post parade that Life At Ten was not warming up “normally.” The comments were relayed to KHRC stewards by ESPN producer Amy Zimmerman, but the stewards apparently did not tell the commission veterinarian, stationed as part of a team of three equine practitioners behind the starting gate, to give additional scrutiny to Life At Ten...

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