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3 Jockey Agents Sue NYRA Stewards

June 15, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Three jockey agents are challenging the New York Racing Association’s single jockey rule.

Agents Ron Anderson, Angel Cordero Jr. and Drew Mollica have filed a lawsuit, arguing the rule that limits the number of riders an agent can represent, is unconstitutional and invalid.

In virtually all other jurisdictions, agents are permitted to represent more than one journeyman rider. In New York, agents are permitted to represent one journeyman and one apprentice.

``I will do everything in my power to fight this,″ NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz said. ``They’re not going to run racing in New York, or should I say ruin racing in New York. The rule clearly doesn’t work where it is implemented.″

The suit was filed against David Hicks, the NYRA steward; Dr. Ted Hill, the Jockey Club steward; and Carmine Dinofrio, the steward for the State Racing and Wagering Board.

Anderson, Cordero and Mollica declined to comment.

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