Derby jockeys can wear ads

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 29 (UPI) -- A federal judge Thursday cleared the way for jockeys to wear commercial advertising and logos on their pants at Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

U.S. District Judge John Heyburn also ruled that jockeys can wear a patch in support of their union, the Jockeys' Guild.


Seven jockeys, including world famous riders Shane Sellers, Jorge Velazquez and Jose Santos, sued the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority over a regulation that banned advertisements, cartoons, logos and other promotions on a jockey's uniform.

Sellers said he would lose more than $100,000 in endorsement fees for the Triple Crown series if he had to cancel contracts with several sponsors. He will be paid $30,000 for wearing logos at Saturday's 130th Kentucky Derby at historic Churchill Downs.

"We want to do it with taste," Sellers told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "We don't want to go out there like walking billboards."

The ruling allows 1,100 jockeys to wear advertising during the track's spring meet.

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