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Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Update in Jockey Case: A federal district judge heard arguments yesterday in the case of the jockeys suing to be allowed to wear patches while riding. The patches include both advertising and Jockey Guild patches, which have been forbidden because they are "not in keeping with the traditions of the turf." The judge, though, was skeptical of this argument:

    "The regulation doesn't seem to be designed for that reason," Heyburn said at the end of the 5 1/2-hour hearing. "If that reason was on anybody's mind when they wrote the rule, I'd like to know. But all you've shown me today is that you put the rule on the books and intend to enforce it. Unless you can show me something else, that won't cut it."

A ruling is expected later today or tomorrow after closing arguments are heard. You can read more here.


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