The owners of the racehorse Funny Cide, along with Jose Santos, the jockey who rode the thoroughbred to victory in the 2003 Kentucky Derby, have filed a defamation suit against The Miami Herald over a May 2003 article that suggested Santos held an illegal object in his hand during the race. The story sparked controversy -- Santos' attorney said it was the worst thing that could've been said about the jockey -- but an investigation found that Santos had nothing in his hand but a whip.
Newspaper Sued Over Story on Kentucky Derby Winner
Daily Business Review
May 23, 2005