Julio Couton and Silvio Amador Suspended 30 days For a Whip Handoff

December 15, 2019

In last Thursday’s sixth race at Golden Gate Fields we saw something you don’t see every day. Silvio Amador handed off his whip to Julio Couton who had dropped his in the stretch. Couton rode Olive You More to a third-place finish, while Amador was aboard Belle Magie, who faded to finish last of nine in a maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies at a mile.

Amador, 38, was cited for “failure to give his best effort by voluntarily relinquishing his riding crop to a rival jockey in the stretch,” according to a ruling published Saturday by Golden Gate stewards John Herbuveaux, Will Meyers, and Dennis Nevin.

Couton, 38, was cited for “soliciting and gaining control of a rival jockey’s crop in the stretch,” according to a ruling.

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