07/13/2012 3:20PM

Albarado's career in jeopardy after assault conviction

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A six-person Jefferson District Court jury in Kentucky on Thursday convicted jockey Robby Albarado of one misdemeanor count of assault, a charge that may put the rider’s immediate career in jeopardy.

The jury voted to fine Albarado $500 for the assault, which occurred five days before this year’s Kentucky Derby. Albarado had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Albarado, 38, was arrested on the Friday before the May 5 Derby, four days after a former girlfriend, Carolina Martinez, alleged the assault occurred, costing him mounts in the Kentucky Oaks and the Derby undercard.

Albarado’s attorney, David Lambertus, declined to comment about the conviction or case on Friday. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Lambertus told jurors that Albarado scuffled with Martinez after she took his cell phone in order to listen to a voice-mail message left by another woman. Lambertus told the jurors that Martinez was the aggressor, the Courier-Journal said.

“He has a right to protect his property,” Lambertus said.

Prosecutors contended that Albarado grabbed Martinez and caused her to fall after she retreated to a bathroom. “He intended to hurt her,” said Assistant County Attorney Susan Ely, according to the Courier-Journal.

Albarado was arrested last year as well on a domestic violence charge involving his then-wife, Kimber Albarado. The charge was dismissed after Albarado pleaded guilty to interfering with a witness, for which Albarado received a suspended sentence.

Following his arrest this year, Albarado was suspended by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission because the arrest violated the terms of an agreement he reached with the commission last year requiring him to avoid any additional criminal charges. A Kentucky judge granted Albarado a temporary restraining order against the commission’s decision on May 25, and Albarado moved his tack to Chicago while he awaits a hearing on his appeal of the suspension.

The conviction charge will likely become a factor as Albarado seeks to have the commission ruling overturned through the appeals process. If Kentucky rescinds his license, it is likely that many other racing jurisdictions will also ban the rider.

Kentucky racing commission officials would not comment specifically on the Thursday conviction when asked about it on Friday.

“The verdict against Mr. Albarado is not currently before the Commission and no decisions have been made about its impact at this time,” said commission spokesperson Dick Brown, in an e-mailed response after officials for the commission did not return phone calls on Friday.

Albarado is also due to face a hearing officer next week to determine whether his latest arrest violated the terms of an agreement he reached with state law-enforcement related to the 2011 domestic-assault allegation. That hearing officer could determine that the conviction requires Albarado to serve jail time as part of his suspended sentence.

Dennis Geier More than 1 year ago
I THINK ROBBIE SHOULD DO LIKE OBAMA BLME IT ON BUSH
Leonard Martinez More than 1 year ago
Even though what Robbie did was wrong so doesCaroline play a roll in this matter as well she should have kept he hands to herself and nnot taken his phone and this whole matter would have never transpired, alot of women now adays think they are heshe's and once reality sets in then they revert back to being a women and the victim and most of the time get away with it. Women need to remember they are Ladies and stop trying to take on men like as if they were men themselves. Robbie get your act together and learn to walk away whatever sentance you get is what you deserve, learn from this encounter because you sure didn't learn from your first experience with your wife idiot.
Mike Bilinskas More than 1 year ago
It's Thoroughbred racing, the "sport" that embraces cheaters, crooks and criminals.. They';ll probably induct him in the Hall of Fame next year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agree. Its the old diversion tactic by racing committee...they saying Look at Us, we're suspending this Bad person, Alberado... Meanwhile the same committees and track officials are fixing races, holding back pool payouts, and raping the bettors like theres no tomorow. What a bunch of crooks and scammers.
kymiller62 More than 1 year ago
Mike, your comment is so disturbing to me and the racing industry. We are not what is portrayed on TV; millon dollar owners, trainers, jockeys and horses. The majority of our industry is made up of hard working, making less than minimum wage people who are doing it b/c they love the horse. I currently train a horse for my 87 yr. old father and my only goal is to get this horse to the races to make him happy. He's no million dollar horse, he's just an average claimer. And our entire barn and Keeneland is made up of those kind of trainers and horses. We love our horses and wouldn't do anything to hurt them or our industry. We have great disdain for those "trainers" that don't do it for the love of the game. We don't cheat to win, we don't "hold" our horses to cash a bet b/c every trip around the track could be there last one. They are fragile animals of 1,200 pounds running on 4 fine, light bone legs. This industry goes all the way back to our beginnings hundreds of years ago when the bets were taken by cash in the middle of the paddock. Please don't judge us all by the actions of a few, cuz we hate those in our industry that do cheat and believe me, we do everything we can to keep them out. Please think about this. And as for Albardo, he's not representative of the jockeys we have. He's just one of the bad ones that are common to our society, but happens to be a jockey.
John Bowman More than 1 year ago
Very well written I spent the majority of my life on the track,and knew the good,bad,and ugly.of the game.
John Bowman More than 1 year ago
Every sport has it's bad element not just horse racing.
Jack More than 1 year ago
Real Men don't hit or HURT women, PERIOD..Robby is STILL a BOY trapped in a Man's body. Seek help BEFORE it's to late you COWARD......
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
115-pound is no man's body
The Baron More than 1 year ago
He needs to have a serious talk with Charlie Sheen!!
Fortunefootball More than 1 year ago
ROBBBBBIEEEEE...hang in there...we will see u back in the saddle after the court system works things out with your money hunger lawyers...and dont trust any women taller than you
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
There is no lowlife worse than a woman beater, and he is a serial abuser. Here's hoping that his career is over.
Jerry More than 1 year ago
him and her fights are the .... no win situations for the males in these fights...if we could just walk away ,,,,things would be ok....anger management for both of them seems appropiate......
NikitaW More than 1 year ago
Albarado's a great rider but right now he's bad news for the sport. Get some anger management help and return to racing after that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't say 'great'. He rode Curlin but that's about it. And in half of those races all he had to do was not fall off.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Before Curlin, Robby Albarado rode Mineshaft in that memorable 2003 Horse of the Year season. He also substituted for Jerry Bailey a couple of times on the exciting King Cugat. He might have done a better job than Bailey who always took King Cugat extremely wide.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it just his Kentucky riding license that is suspended? Hasn't he been riding in Illinois anyway?
Joe Labunski More than 1 year ago
most other states will honor the suspension....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Curious how it's "self-defense" on Albarado's part, once the girl retreated to the bathroom. Gotta love lawyers, and by "love" I mean "wish they got food poisoning for a couple hundred days". Back on topic, Albarado should step out of the sport for the balance of the year to tend to his issues. If he wants to salvage his career, not to mention his license, he should take a break, seek intensive counseling for his issues, and not return before March, and make a deal to protect his license by doing so. Clearly, he needs some kind of help.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Never ever date a woman who will hand you over to law enforcement for petty things.
JOHN More than 1 year ago
Poor Robby. Twice he's been unfairly accused of domestic assault. That's tough.
Seija Carlisle More than 1 year ago
AND YOU KNOW THIS? I THINK MEN WHO STICK UP FOR WOMAN BEATERS ARE BEATERS THEM SELF. AND I DONT GIVE A DAM IF ROBBY WON EVERY STAKES RACE, NOTHING IS A PASS FOR BAD CONDUCT LIKE ASSULT ON ANOTHER PERSON. AS FOR THE OTHER CROOKS IN THE INDUSTRY, WHY DO WE ALLOW THEM TO GET AWAY WITH IT? ISNT IT TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE? NOT ONLY IN HORSE RACING IS IT A PROBLEM, WE HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF CORRUPED PACTICES GOING ON IN EVERY AREA. VERY SAD TIMES. BACK TO ROBBY, I HOPE HE GETS HELP TO CONTROL HIS TEMPER! NO EXCUSES IS THE BOTTOM LINE HERE. GOOD LUCK TO HIM IN GETTING WELL.