05/17/2012 10:09AM

Albarado denied reinstatement, will stay suspended pending July trial


Kentucky licensing regulators on Wednesday denied a request by jockey Robby Albarado to have an indefinite suspension lifted, ruling that the rider should remain on the sidelines until the resolution of charges that he abused a woman.

The License Review Committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission deferred action on Albarado’s plea until at least July 18, when he is set to appear in a trial on the abuse charges. Albarado was arrested on May 4 and charged with fourth-degree assault of Carolina Martinez, who has said she is Albarado’s girlfriend.

This is the second time that Albarado, a leading rider in Kentucky, has been charged with domestic assault. Last year, Albarado was arrested after being accused of wanton endangerment and domestic assault against his wife, Kimber Albarado. The charges were dismissed after Albarado pleaded guilty to attempting to interfere with a witness. Kimber Albarado has filed for divorce.

As a result of those charges, Kentucky stewards had required that Albarado avoid any criminal charges in order to retain his license. The stewards suspended him indefinitely after his latest arrest, which cost him a mount in the May 4 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

Albarado is third on Churchill’s all-time wins list.