One of the tragedies of the ridiculous allegations against Jose Santos over his winning Kentucky Derby ride is that it is probably the only way racing in the United States, and many other places in the world, can get into the public consciousness for more than one or two afternoons a year. News media swung into action at the mere hint Santos may have done something wrong on Funny Cide, and scrutiny of the Miami Herald photo which started the idea that he may have carried an electrical device, or 'jigger', was cursory. The Herald was not to blame, the journalists have a job to do but the Americans really need to take a good look at their stewards' eyesight after one figure was quoted as saying it 'looked very suspicious'. That is where the stewards should have been killing the story immediately for the rubbish that it patently was, but then Hong Kong punters would probably remember having an American chief steward not so long ago. The Kentucky Racing Commission yesterday cleared Santos, saying he carried 'nothing more than a whip' on Funny Cide, but like Robbie Fradd's arrest by the ICAC, acquittal will not get horseracing the same sort of space as a fresh scandal.