It's what the jockeys were threatening to do if they didn't get to wear ads on their pants.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jockeys can wear advertising patches during the Kentucky Derby, a judge ruled Thursday.I wasn't aware the founding fathers were so prescient that they actually drafted a right to sell advertising space on one's clothing right into the Constitution. Silly me, I thought the first amendment only applied to political speech. Guess that's why I'm not a goddamn US District Judge.
U.S. District Judge John Heyburn II's decision two days before the country's premier horse race applies only to seven jockeys who sued, including Jerry Bailey, Alex Solis, Jose Santos, and John Velazquez.
They cited the First Amendment in successfully asking that the judge grant a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of a state rule that bars jockeys from wearing advertising, promotional or cartoon symbols during races.
The jockeys issued a statement after the ruling, saying the ads would be tasteful.Oh, heavens, yes. Just like NASCAR, which we all know is all about the tasteful.
"We are very sensitive to the traditions of our sport and our goal is not to offend anyone," said Bailey, a two-time Derby winner who will ride Wimbledon on Saturday.If you were actually sensitive to the traditions of the sport, this issue wouldn't have come up.
"Jockeys work very hard and risk our lives on a daily basis. We have earned the right to make additional income," he said.I look forward to the opening of the jockey brothel next door to the Downs, then.
Jockey Pat Day, not part of either lawsuit, said before the ruling that the case could have a major impact on the sport.I'll be goddamned. I didn't know Bud Selig had branched out to other sports. [Thanks to Paula for the link.]
"The industry is going through some dramatic changes," said Day, Churchill Downs' winningest rider. "It would be nice to stick with tradition, but we also have to do what's best for the game and for the longevity of the game."