Jockeys Montalvo, Lopez suspended for crop violations at Monmouth

Jockeys Montalvo, Lopez suspended for crop violations at Monmouth
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Jockeys Carlos Montalvo and Carlos Lopez each received 5-day suspensions and were fined $500 for violating New Jersey's strict riding-crop rule that prohibits its use other than to "control the horse to avoid injury to the horse or rider."

Montalvo and Lopez are the first jockeys to be sanctioned since the rule went into effect at the start of the current Monmouth Park meet, according to a Blood-Horse report. Both incidents occurred on July 11. 

Montalvo was riding M I Six in the first race when, as the chart notes, he used the crop three times en route to victory. Montalvo's agent, Doug Hatten, told Horse Racing Nation the day after the race that M I Six was "getting out" and that Montalvo "had to use the whip to keep the horse from getting out, from bolting."

Montalvo is slated to serve his suspension from Aug. 24-28, though Hatten told Blood-Horse after the ruling that they plan to appeal. 

As for Lopez, he was disciplined for his ride aboard Venezuelan Talent in the seventh race on July 11. He finished second. 

Still to come for Monmouth Park stewards will be a hearing on Flavien Prat's ride aboard Hot Rod Charlie in last Saturday's Haskell (G1). Hot Rod Charlie was disqualified for the win after he veered in and clipped heels with Midnight Bourbon. Prat did not use his crop during the incident. A hearing is expected to he held next week. 

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