From the most recent minutes at Los Alamitos:
September 14: “Jockey Marcial Ramirez failed to appear for this film review ordered. The Stewards wished to observe his ride aboard Foose Dependent on September 9. …Jockey Ramirez used his riding crop 32 consecutive times. Marcial Ramirez has been issued penalties 31 times by California stewards for violation of Use of Riding Crop dating back to July 2015.” Ruling: “Ramirez is suspended for five racing days for a blatant violation of Use of Riding Crop – more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond.” Five days for 29 excess lashes.
Wait, there’s more. On the same day he was handed his “punishment” for the above (which, obviously, did not take effect right away), Ramirez was at it again: “We determined that Jockey Ramirez used his riding crop more than three consecutive times [on] Scott For Her.” Again, he cut film study; in absentia, he was fined $250.
And, yes, more. The very next day, after being handed a suspension for one incident and a fine for another, Ramirez abused yet another horse, Classncoronas. For this, the stewards issued two more suspensions: excess whipping, three days; “careless riding,” three days – “The Stewards felt Jockey Ramirez was more concerned with using his riding crop then [sic] straightening out his mount with the riding reins.”
All told, for being a willful, habitual reprobate, Marcial Ramirez is suspended for 11 days and fined $250. But it gets worse: Each of the three suspensions carried this appendage: “The term of this suspension shall not prohibit participation in designated races in California.” What, you may ask, is a “designated race”? Well, anything the stewards say it is. In other words, a suspended jockey can still race if the stewards want or need him to. Worse still, if he is cleared to ride in only one “designated” race on a “suspension” day, that day counts toward his suspension. Imagine that. This would all be farcical if not for the gravity – cruelty to animals – involved.