Steeplechase's Fisher fined, suspended My Lady's Manor stewards rule rider inhibited horse

April 17, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Jack Fisher, who was expected to ride two horses today in the Grand National Steeplechase races at Butler, has scratched both of his mounts after being fined and suspended for his ride last Saturday on Ky. Mint Julep at the My Lady's Manor Point-to-Point.

Fisher, who swept the My Lady's Manor and the Grand National events last year as trainer and rider, was fined $300 and suspended for two riding days by Manor stewards for failure "to lTC take all reasonable and permissible measures to insure that his mount was given the full opportunity to win."

According to the stewards, Fisher restrained Ky. Mint Julep, who is owned by his mother, so that an entry-mate, Grasstime, could win a division of the John Rush Streett Memorial timber race at the My Lady's Manor meet. Fisher trains both horses.

Fisher could not be reached for comment.

Head steward Russell Jones said that even though there was no pari-mutuel betting on the steeplechase, Fisher's ride was a violation of the National Steeplechase Association rules.

Charles Colgan, the association's executive vice president, said yesterday that Fisher decided against appealing the fine and suspension and will take the suspension this weekend.

Colgan said the ruling applies to Fisher only in his role as a jockey and not as a trainer.

Fisher is expected to saddle Free Runner, a starter in the John K. Shaw Memorial Flat race, today. The horse is ridden by his wife, Sheila. But he scratched Shining Beacon from the featured Grand National Point-to-Point and Ky. Mint Julep from the Benjamin H. Murray Memorial, the companion timber race. Fisher had been scheduled to ride both horses.

Tomorrow, Fisher-trained Sassello is expected to start in the $50,000 Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase at the Middleburg (Va.) races.

Joe's O.K., a former timber Horse of the Year, trained and ridden by Johnny Bosley, heads the Grand National lineup. Kuujjuag and Ivory Poacher are the favorites in the Murray Memorial.

C7 Post time for the first of three races is 3:15 p.m.

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