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INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Hoping to cure the nation's champion jockey of a bad "habit," the Hollywood Park stewards have handed Kent Desormeaux a five-day suspension for standing up in the irons as Quickasyouplease finished in a dead heat for third in a race Thursday.

The suspension begins Wednesday. Desormeaux was aboard three winners yesterday at Hollywood Park, including Future Storm in the $113,900 Will Rogers Handicap.

It's the third time Desormeaux has been punished for violating California Horse Racing Board rule 1692, which requires that jockeys ride their mounts out until the finish line is passed. He was fined $500 in April 1992 and $1,000 in February.

"There is no excuse for it," Pete Pedersen, Hollywood Park's senior steward, said after announcing the suspension, which begins Wednesday. "I'm sure he's pro enough to realize that."

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