04/02/2015 9:01AM

Chapa accused of using buzzer in 2014

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Quiet Acceleration and jockey Roman Chapa win the Richard King Stakes on Jan. 17. Chapa is charged with a felony for allegedly using a buzzer during the race.

The Texas Racing Commission has notified jockey Roman Chapa that he is facing an additional charge of using an electrical device on a horse in a race at Sam Houston Race Park in 2014, one month after suspending the rider for five years for the same charge.

According to the notification, Chapa is facing an additional five-year suspension for allegedly using an electrical device on Quiet Acceleration in the 2014 Richard King Stakes at Sam Houston. Chapa has been told to appear before the stewards April 16.

Chapa has already been banned for five years and fined $100,000 for the same charge in the 2015 edition of the Richard King Stakes, also while riding Quiet Acceleration. He also has been charged with a felony and misdemeanor by Texas prosecutors for using the buzzer and lying to investigators. 

The notification did not provide evidence of the new charge. The 2015 suspension was based on a photograph of Chapa riding Quiet Acceleration that appeared to show an object in Chapa’s left hand while riding the horse. Chapa, 43, had been suspended two times earlier in his career for using an object on a horse, with the latest five-year suspension elapsing in 2012.

Quiet Acceleration, trained and owned by Danny Pish, won both editions of the Richard King Stakes, a $50,000 race on turf.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chad- I really respect your comments. This rider is a scammer. Multilpe scammer. He should rot. But don't use Jesus in a sentence. This is racing not religion.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
This is persecution not prosecution. Charges keep coming from where? Remember, this is happening in Texas, the most corrupt state in the Union.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
With battery in hand. Isnt it tough to ride a horse fullout ?
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
It will be fascinating to learn what the evidence is for the new charge and how it was developed. It will also be interesting to see whether the Texas Racing Commission or the Texas prosecutors are able to determine the other participants in these frauds. Let's hope Chapa serves time and that he has company.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
I would like to see him do 10 yrs in Angola moving the wonderful fertilizer around that is horse***, from dusk to dawn. naaa, that would be to easy.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
They only crucified Jesus once while it seems that they are gonna chase this guy back to birth with charge after charge... Don't eat the cheese Jock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The rules and regulations state a jockey can only be suspended for 5 years max. What they really want to do and deservedly so is get rid of these types once and for all. Chapa is bad for the sport. So yes they just keep crucifying him over and over because he is a cheater and most of all cruel to his mounts. I wonder if his significant other uses a buzzer on him?
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
In the photo, Quiet Acceleration's left eye appears to be rolled back looking at the rider's hand (with the buzzer) rather than looking where he's going.
Tony Zag More than 1 year ago
I think Chapa and Danny Pish the trainer, should both stand charges of Race fixing, and both need to be ruled off for LIFE. You will never convince me Pish is not just as guilty? A buzzer needs to be tried on a horse (during a workout) so you can tell how the horse will react, not knowing how a horse will react to the buzzer, could be like committing suicide if you're the jock?
John Smith More than 1 year ago
Pish and Chapa , and their families, have been close friends for a long time. Anyone who knows horse racing knows that the trainer (also the owner in this case) would be very aware of use of an electrical device. Listening to Pish deny the charges and acting like he is appalled is nauseating..But, I assure you Chapa will take the fall.
Walter More than 1 year ago
He should be beaten by horseplayers who want to take a their shot at him. Put it on video and run that film in jockey's rooms everywhere. Then they can see what happens to them if they would like to do something like this.
grayposse More than 1 year ago
Quiet Acceleration is owned/trained by Danny Pish...........surprise surprise.
Bob More than 1 year ago
I'm shocked...no pun intended....But the sarcasm is.