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New hearing dates set for jockeys, clerk

June 23, 2009

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A hearing on the suspension of seven jockeys from Charles Town Races & Slots has been rescheduled for August.

The jockeys' appeal was going to be heard by the West Virginia Racing Commission in Shepherdstown, W.Va., on June 16 and 17, but the hearing was postponed.

Kelli Talbott, a deputy attorney general who represents the commission, said Tuesday the hearing will be Aug. 5-7 at the track.

Seven jockeys -- Anthony Mawing, Lawrence Reynolds, Alexis Rios-Conde, Tony Maragh, Luis Perez, Dale Whittaker and Jesus Sanchez -- are appealing suspensions based on allegations they didn't report extra weight during the March 26 racing card.

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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.

A Web site set up on behalf of the jockeys says the allegations are false but doesn't give their side.

The jockeys were suspended for 30 days and fined $1,000 each. They obtained a temporary restraining order letting them race until a hearing on their appeal is held.

Mike Garrison, a clerk of scales whose license was revoked in the same case, also has filed an appeal, which will be heard at the same time.

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