Racism at the Race Track?
Investigation Launched into Jockey’s Confederate Flag Jersey
July 28, 2010
The California Horse Racing Board is investigating a Sacramento horse owner and a "silks custodian", after a jockey was allowed to wear the Confederate flag colors during a July 15th race at Cal Expo.
According to a CHRB complaint, track custodian Tony Baze "received financial consideration and conspired to aid and abet" owner Bill Wilbur to substitute the jockey’s regular jersey colors with the colors of the Southern battle cross.
The 2-year-old colt is named "Mute Rudulph", after Ken Rudulph, an African-American host with horse racing network TVG.
Based on a post on a horseracing forum, there may be some history behind this latest incident.
At a race in Southern California, Ken Rudulph took offense at another jockey who wore the battle cross, saying it had no place on the track.
The CHRB stewards at Santa Rosa have scheduled a hearing on August 7th to discuss the complaint.
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