A Jock's Not-So-Funny Side

May 17, 2004
May 17, 2004

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May 17, 2004


A Jock's Not-So-Funny Side

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Seven days after Jose Santos won the 2003 Kentucky Derby on Funny
Cide, the Miami Herald published a photo it said showed him
carrying a shock-inducing buzzer. An investigation found the
illegal "device" was an optical illusion; Santos carried only his
whip. Now the jockey and the horse's owners have filed a libel
suit against the paper, seeking $48 million. (The paper says it
will vigorously defend itself against the charges.) Says David
Travis, the plaintiffs' lawyer, "The Herald was irresponsible.
They just wanted to sell papers."

This is an article from the May 17, 2004 issue Original Layout

COLOR PHOTO: JAMIE SQUIRE/GETTY IMAGES (SANTOS) BUZZ THIS Another rider's silks made it seem Santos carried aforeign object.COLOR PHOTO:[See caption above]