Erwin could miss Derby ride aboard Marlene My Love
Jockey Jevvanne Erwin who is booked aboard Jamaica Oaks winner MARLENE MY LOVE in tomorrow's Jamaica Derby is locked up and unlikely to ride the highly fancied, filly as planned.
Erwin is before the St Catherine Circuit Court on trial for a sexual offence and has been remanded in custody since Wednesday after having his bail revoked. Yesterday the jury of four men and three women heard character evidence including from broadcaster Ed Barnes. The trial enters its third day today with more witnesses scheduled to appear.
Erwin, who rode MARLENE MY LOVE to victory in the Jamaica Oaks is likely to be replaced by Robert Halledeen for tomorrow's Derby.
MARLENE MY LOVE clocked 2:08.3 in the April 29 Oaks, bettering the colts' previous 2:09.3 recorded in the Governor's Cup on May 27.
Owner Howard Hamilton said they had to find a replacement jockey just in case.
"I had to be trying to get another jockey. In fact the replacement exercised the horse this morning just so we are prepared to win the race. We have a great chance to win the race on Saturday," owner Howard Hamilton said.
Hamilton told STAR Sports that he met Erwin about six months ago and found him to be a genuinely humble person and a good jockey.
"I don't think that anything will affect the horse, but I would want him to get through this as I don't believe that he would do something like that which he is charged with," he added.