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A Jock's Not-So-Funny Side
Lars Anderson
May 17, 2004
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."
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May 17, 2004

A Jock's Not-so-funny Side

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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."

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