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Clerk of scales to be part of jockeys' appeals hearing

June 05, 2009

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A hearing this month on seven suspended Charles Town Races & Slots jockeys will also include a clerk of scales.

Kelli Talbott, a deputy attorney general who represents the West Virginia Racing Commission, said this week that the clerk of scales, Mike Garrison, has appealed the revocation of his license.

When The Herald-Mail wrote about the allegations last month, Garrison hadn't filed an appeal.

Garrison and seven jockeys were punished amid allegations they didn't report that jockeys were 2 to 6 pounds heavier than required weights during the March 26 race card.

The extra weight wasn't illegal, but had to be publicly reported, a member of the board of stewards at the race track has said.

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A hearing on the allegations is scheduled for June 16 and 17 at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The jockeys - Anthony Mawing, Lawrence Reynolds, Alexis Rios-Conde, Tony Maragh, Luis Perez, Dale Whittaker and Jesus Sanchez - were suspended for 30 days and fined $1,000 apiece.

The jockeys obtained a temporary restraining order letting them race until a hearing on their appeal is held.

A Web site set up to help the jockeys says the allegations are false, but doesn't explain their side.

- Andrew Schotz

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