Pa. jockeys won't race against NH owner's horses

January 26, 2010

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GRANTVILLE, Pa.—Jockeys at a central Pennsylvania race track are refusing to ride in races along with horses owned by a New Hampshire man whose horses they say are prone to breakdowns.

About 25 jockeys at Penn National Race Course made the decision Saturday not to ride when horses owned by Michael Gill are in the race. That came after a horse owned by Gill had to be euthanized on the track.

Jockey Emilio Flores says he spent a day in the hospital last week after tumbling over one of Gill's horses and has had two other close calls.

Gill denies his horses break down more frequently. He says such claims are motivated by his success.

Track officials plan to meet with Gill to discuss the issue this week. Gill's trainers have removed his horses through Thursday's races.


Information from: The Patriot-News,