03/03/2015 10:02AM

Chapa suspended five years by Texas commission

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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.

Roman Chapa, the jockey who was summarily suspended in Texas in January for allegedly using an electrical device on a horse, has been banned for five years and fined $25,000 by the Texas Racing Commission, according to a copy of the Monday ruling provided by the commission.

The ruling charges Chapa with four violations of Texas racing rules, including unlawful influences on racing and inhumane treatment of a horse. Chapa has until Thursday at 5 p.m. Central to appeal the ruling, though he likely will remain suspended by the commission during the appeal unless a civil court intervenes.

Chapa was suspended two days after the Sam Houston Race Park track photographer posted a picture of Chapa riding Quiet Acceleration in the Jan. 17 Richard King Stakes in which the rider appears to be carrying an object in his left hand. Chapa also has been charged with a felony by Texas county prosecutors.

Chapa appeared before the commission Friday. The ruling states that during the hearing, “the preponderance of evidence indicated that Mr. Chapa did carry an electric shocking device” during the race. It is not known whether the commission has recovered the object.

This is the third time that Chapa, 43, has been suspended for using an object on a horse, and this is his second five-year suspension. The first five-year suspension, issued in New Mexico, expired in 2012.

Chapa is likely facing a de facto lifetime ban. Though the racing commission can only suspend an individual for up to five years, Chapa likely will face enormous hurdles if he serves the ban and seeks another racing license in Texas or any other racing jurisdiction.

Mike B More than 1 year ago
It reminds me of that night 25 years ago at Delta Downs when that Cardouche hid his horse in the fog after the others had gone by the first time, and he won by 25 lengths and got suspended for a long time.
Dick Brasher More than 1 year ago
Why not just suspend him forever?Cheaters never change.
dave o More than 1 year ago
he will consult with his legal guy "PATRICK VALENSUELA" and be back in 4 months
Mike B More than 1 year ago
If that happens hopefully no trainer with any sense will use him.
Mark Oleary More than 1 year ago
5 YEARS! THAT'S IT? THEN HE CAN COME BACK AND PLY HIS TRADE, PLUG IN HORSES, CHEAT THE FANS, INJURE THOSE HORSES, ETC. WOW WHAT A DARING MOVE, 5 YEARS! SO SOMEDAY IN THE 2020s WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THIS CHAP DEFRAUD THE PUBLIC, HURT A HORSE, AND CHEAT THE OWNERS. LIFETIME BAN SHOULD MANDATORY FOR SUCH ACTION IF THE INTEGRITY OF THE SPORT NEEDS TO BE SEEN, BUT THE PUBLIC JUST SEES DOPPED HORSES, CROOKED TRAINERS, CROOKED JOCKEYS, ETC., THEREFORE THEY WILL GO TO A CASINO, OR CARD ROOM, WHERE AT LEAST THEY WILL HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF GETTING A FAIR SHAKE FOR THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY.
Jamie Murphy More than 1 year ago
i agree. But.....after 5 years out of the game, will he be able to even do it anymore? unless he goes and rides in another country, ide say hes done!
Blake Jessee More than 1 year ago
Does anyone know or heard of any trainer or trainers that use buzzers for training purposes?? They would obv be training at a private farm or training facility if they did, but jus curious if trainers see any positives to the use of one on non race days?? and if so is that against the rules to train with one??
Jamie Murphy More than 1 year ago
I don't think its illegal to train with one, though I know of no trainer that uses this method. I believe tiny black said on steve byks show, that he had heard of it done for training purposes
Matthew Linda Jr. More than 1 year ago
I wrote my view and wanted him GELDED. Guess what ?? the post was removed. Want my feelings .. ZAP this !!!
Quite a More than 1 year ago
He gets five years for an "alleged" act? I've seen the photo. It looks like something but is their enough evidence to rule? Apparently so....
Jamie Murphy More than 1 year ago
if it is only "alleged" then that's one hell of a ruling!
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
Ok so can this trash explain why he had a small plastic object in his hand with the rein?
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Let us hope and pray that these fools do not allow him any more licenses - even as a hot walker.
Robert Snyder More than 1 year ago
Scott Lake should be banned for life or 10 years too!!
Blake Jessee More than 1 year ago
I can think of a lot worse people than him on the backside... Perhaps 10-15yrs ago when he was a bit more suspect, but now I dont think hes that big of an issue when you compare him to the tru mid atlantic fire breathers like Ness, Mcmahon, Hammy Smith, K. Magee, etc... But i mean, look at Hamilton Smith, hes had a total of 30 starters at the current Laurel meet and hes already tabbed TWELVE wins, SIX 2nd's, and THREE 3rd's from those 30 starters... For a mind boggling overall 70% ITM rating!!!! That # even goes up to 81.2% when you only factor Route races.. Sorry to get side tracked here but these are unbelievable stat's.. For H. Smith to have started 16 horses in route (distance) races at the current meet, and for 13 of those 16 to finish ITM is just staggering... And for me, that just doesnt pass the smell test.. Nobody is that good, and nobody is that lucky!!!
Jamie Murphy More than 1 year ago
I disagree for the reason that chad browns numbers on turf, albeit certain distances, he has ridiculous numbers, and I don't see him as a fraud
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
5 years why not a lifetime ban. Right ?..but that's racing. Today i hit a superfecta and a trifecta and exactas at DELTA DOWNS and as i waited for the prices to be posted they announced a tote malfunction.as i waited thinking it was going to be resolved so i could cash my tickets an announcement came that the race had been declared a non race due to the tote malfunction. Unbelievable even when you win you loose in this game.
Mike Parrott More than 1 year ago
I bet Delta all the time myself. The 4th race was the one in question. "National tote malfunction," they called it. Other tracks that raced at the same time didn't have any problems. Delta said the pools didn't close when the race went off, was why the declared it a NC. I hit the trifecta in the 5th race, and there was a delay on the tote too. I was thinking it they took that one away from me, they could kiss my hundreds of betting dollars each night goodbye. It finally went official.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
yup they screw up and we pay..ive seen tote malfunctions before where they paid out instead of refunding and i had to toss my loosing tickets. so now i have winning tickets and get a refund instead.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
i see a long boycott of DELTA DOWNS in my future.
stockmann9914 . More than 1 year ago
Thats just SICK! I have lost three or four supers this year throught DQ's but this sounds like WWE stuff to me. Was Vince Mcmahon the steward there.