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Prat Receives Seven-Day Suspension for Haskell DQ

Monmouth stewards have delayed ban until Del Mar meet ends.

Hot Rod Charlie and Flavien Prat (white cap) after clipping heels with Midnight Bourbon and Paco Lopez, who was unseated, in the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park

Hot Rod Charlie and Flavien Prat (white cap) after clipping heels with Midnight Bourbon and Paco Lopez, who was unseated, in the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park

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Jockey Flavien Prat received a seven-day suspension from the stewards Aug. 1 at Monmouth Park as a result of his ride aboard Hot Rod Charlie in the TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1).

The California-based rider's suspension begins Sept. 7 and ends Sept. 13, which is one day after Del Mar closes and prior to the Oct. 1 start of the Santa Anita Park meet.

Hot Rod Charlie was disqualified from first in the Haskell and placed last.

In their ruling, the stewards said Prat "failed to make a reasonable effort to keep his horse from drifting in past the 1/8-mile pole, allowing his horse (to) cross in front of Midnight Bourbon, which resulted in Midnight Bourbon clipping heels with Hot Rod Charlie, causing Midnight Bourbon to stumble badly, unseating his rider."

Brad Pegram, Prat's agent, said Sunday morning that he had yet to discuss with his rider whether he will file an appeal.

In the Haskell, Prat, and the other jockeys, were not allowed to use their riding crops except as a safety measure due to restrictions put in place this year by the New Jersey Horse Racing Commission. Immediately after the race, Prat told BloodHorse he believed he could have prevented Hot Rod Charlie from drifting if he was able to provide left-handed encouragement with his crop.

Prat is the runaway leader in wins at the Del Mar meet with 20 prior to Sunday's card. Juan Hernandez and Abel Cedillo are tied for second with nine.