Stewards escorted jockey Victor Molina from Philadelphia Park Racetrack in the USA after he kicked a two-year-old colt in the stomach.
The incident was broadcast nationally by US network TGV, prompting numerous calls and emails of complaint from members of the public.
The colt, named Yes Yes Ohyes, had reared up in the starting gate and struck Molina in the chest before the third race at the track yesterday (18 June).
Forty-six-year-old Molina told US website www.philly.com: The horse hit me hard and got me mad. I feel very sorry for what I did. I knew it was wrong and expect some repercussion, but it would be crazy to rule me off [ban from racing].
Director of racing at the venue, Sal Sinatra, told The Blood-Horse magazine: Victor did use very, very poor judgement. Its unfortunate because hes one of the classier guys in our jockey colony.
Mr Sinatra said he would be collecting statements from the horses trainer and owner at Hidden Meadows Farm.
There is to be a formal hearing with stewards today (19 June) and it is thought Molina will receive a fine or a suspension.