03/05/2015 9:10AM

Chapa appeals five-year ban

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Jockey Roman Chapa has appealed the five-year suspension from the Texas Racing Commission for allegedly using an electrical device on a horse, according to an official of the commission.

The appeal was filed on Wednesday afternoon by Chapa’s attorney, according to Robert Elrod, the public information officer of the TRC. Elrod said the commission’s legal counsel is reviewing the appeal.

Chapa has been suspended since Jan. 19, two days after he rode Quiet Acceleration to a victory in the Richard King Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. A picture of him aboard the horse, taken from the inside rail, appears to show a device in his left hand.

Chapa, 43, was given a formal hearing in front of the racing commission last Friday. On Monday, the commission announced it had suspended the rider for five years and fined him $25,000, the maximum penalties the commission could levy. 

The suspension was the third for Chapa for using an object on a horse. In 2007, he was also suspended for five years after using an electrical device on a horse at a track in New Mexico.

Shortly after Chapa was suspended, Texas prosecutors charged Chapa with one count of unlawful influence on racing, a felony. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge later this month.

John Tottenham More than 1 year ago
Some of his trainers must be getting nervous.
Frank More than 1 year ago
I think Gary Stevens, D Wayne (The horse butcher) Lukas, Steve Assmussen and Scott Blias should be next in line. They are all a disgrace to racing. They clean house up in NY -- Rudy Rod and David Jacobsen....I can go on and on and on....
Sinatra Jeter More than 1 year ago
O'kay Frank why don't you go on and on with more details. I for one don't know who these individuals are that are committing these acts on the race tracks and what they are using besides electrical devices.
Frank More than 1 year ago
horse racing needs to do to this guy what they do to a horse that breaks down in the backstretch. They just disappear with no news!
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Guess he is using that famous law firm of "Slim && No Chance".
stockmann9914 . More than 1 year ago
Ha ha
Bob Tutton More than 1 year ago
If this low life ever rides again anywhere . He should have been given the boot the fist time. Then did it two more times after that, and you wonder why horse racing is in trouble. He should do time in jail. Just another race track and state(Texas) that is on my no play list. You better clean up you act. As my fellow punters are saying,"were running out of tracks we can play that have some sort of integrity left"
J Vette More than 1 year ago
The question here is: How was he even allowed to ride again after 2007 ??? & people wonder why horse racing is in quicksand.....
stockmann9914 . More than 1 year ago
His five years were up.