When Belmont Park opens today for its abbreviated fall meeting, the jockey colony here will be somewhat abbreviated, too.
The Ortiz brothers, who finished one-two in the jockey standings at Saratoga, will be absent.
Irad starts a five-day suspension today, which runs through September 12, for an infraction at Belmont on July 5. Jose, riding at Kentucky Downs this weekend, begins a three-day suspension when he returns to Belmont next week. Jose was set down for interference at Saratoga on August 28.
Kendrick Carmouche will serve a three-day suspension for an infraction in the July-13 Sanford Stakes on Friday, Sunday, and next Wednesday. He has permission to ride in two stakes at Kentucky Downs on Saturday.
Ricardo Santana Jr. got three days off after being disqualified in Saratoga on August 21.
Luis Saez will be off for five days September 9-13 for a riding infraction dating back to November 30 at Aqueduct.
Is it punitive if jocks can choose when and where they serve their time?