Pimlico fines `Smarty's' Elliott $25 over application

Stewards: Modest figure is normal for infraction

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Horse Racing

May 19, 2004|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

The Pimlico Race Course stewards have fined Stewart Elliott, jockey of Smarty Jones, $25 for filing an inaccurate application to ride in Maryland.

The stewards, who enforce the rules of racing, said initially that they wouldn't fine Elliott for the infraction, but later decided to levy the modest fine for the sake of consistency, said John J. Burke III, one of the three stewards.

"We all thought that to be consistent we should deal with Stewart exactly the same way we deal with everyone else," Burke said. "Twenty-five dollars is the normal fine."

The stewards met Friday with Elliott at Pimlico - the day before he rode Smarty Jones to victory in the Preakness - and levied the fine then. Elliott promptly paid, Burke said.

Elliott, 39, had failed to disclose on his Maryland license application that he had pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in 2001 in New Jersey. He had also failed to disclose the information on his Kentucky application. Kentucky officials fined Elliott $1,000.

SMARTY JONES: For the second time in two weeks, Philadelphia Park will open its doors for a public appearance by Smarty Jones. On Saturday, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will gallop at 8:30 a.m. Doors will open at 8 a.m. Admission is free.

WILSON: Maryland jockey Rick Wilson remains at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in serious condition. Wilson, 50, was injured in a riding accident May 8 at Pimlico.

John Salzman Jr., his agent, said Wilson is still breathing with the aid of a ventilator, but that medical personnel hope to remove the ventilator tube soon.

BET: Jody McDonald of New York radio station WFAN, an adept handicapper, doesn't usually offer Don Imus advice. For the Preakness, however, Imus took it.

The result? When Smarty Jones and Rock Hard Ten finished 1-2 at Pimlico, the station's exacta bet earned $123,000 for the Imus Ranch in New Mexico, which hosts children with cancer and siblings of children who were victims of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Each year, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association donates $10,000 for Imus to wager on each of the three Triple Crown races.

RATINGS: Smarty Jones' record-breaking, 11 1/2 -length victory in the Preakness had the race's highest television rating since 1990.

NBC's telecast from 5:45 to 6:50 p.m. Saturday got a 7.7 national rating with a 19 share, the highest since Summer Squall's win in 1990 garnered a 7.9 with a 23 share. It was up 35 percent from last year's 5.7.

The rating peaked at 8.6 from 6 to 6:30 p.m., which included the race.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. The share is the percentage of homes with TVs in use.

Newsday and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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