This National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame jockey, a top rider of the mid-20th century, made a bad mistake when he attempted to claim foul in a hotly contested stakes race in which most observers thought his mount had repeatedly initiated contact with its rival. Not only did the film camera confirm the eyewitnesses' impression, but it caught the claimant swinging an elbow into his fellow rider's ribs just as their mounts crossed the finish line. The result of the film review was a disallowed foul claim, an indefinite suspension for the rough rider (later commuted to 30 days) and a $200 fine for the frivolous foul claim. Who was the rider guilty of this bit of chutzpah, and what race was he riding in?
I'm Avalyn Hunter, an author, pedigree researcher and longtime racing fan with a particular interest in Thoroughbred mares and their contributions to the history of the breed.