05/08/2012 10:53AM

Churchill Downs: Albarado, agent part ways

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Lenny Pike will no longer represent the suspended jockey Robby Albarado, and has accepted a position as agent for jockey Shaun Bridgmohan.

The change comes just days after Albarado was arrested for fourth-degree domestic violence, an incident that led Kentucky stewards to suspend him indefinitely, pending an evaluation by the Licensing Committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

At a Tuesday arraignment, Albarado pleaded not guilty to the charge.

“Robby and I have been together for 16 years, and by no means is this the end of our relationship,” Pike said. “In the meantime, I was afforded an opportunity to go to work for Shaun, and I accepted.”

Bridgmohan’s former agent, Anthony Martin, is expected to return to Louisiana, where he has spent time previously as an agent.

Albarado could meet with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission as early as its next scheduled meeting May 16.

Albarado was arrested Friday morning, Kentucky Oaks Day, and was unable to fulfill his mounts. He was suspended indefinitely by track stewards later that afternoon, causing him to miss several stakes mounts on the Kentucky Derby card.

Albarado, best known as the rider of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, is alleged to have assaulted Carolina Martinez on May 1 at his Louisville home, according to Carl Yates, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. Martinez was later treated in a Louisville hospital for an injured shoulder and bruising to her legs, Yates said.

Last year Albarado was charged with assaulting a different woman, his wife, Kimber, although charges of domestic assault and wanton endangerment were dismissed and he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of interfering with a witness.

The Associated Press reported Friday that his wife has filed for divorce.

– additional reporting by Marty McGee

R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
That midget should be luck up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No matter what the facts in this case are, this sounds like an anger management issue more than anything else, given his priors. And while that's an obvious statement to make, it's a pretty loud cry for help to get arrested for the same crime two years running. This is something he needs to tend to, no matter the circumstances, and if it means he takes a break or even relocates to a smaller track, if it helps him address his issues and re-prioritize his life, maybe it's for the best.
Mr 6 More than 1 year ago
must have little man syndrome
Robert Darling More than 1 year ago
Please wait until Robbie has his day in court. Do not convict him in the media. EVERYONE has a right in this country. You are INNOCENT until PROCEN guilty. I wish and pray all ends well. I do find it odd that the woman waited so long to file her complaint. Thank you , Bob Darling
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
I have no idea as to what really happened with Robby Albarado and I, therefore cannot say who is right or wrong. He plead not guilty so, he is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Any further commenting by me would simply be speculation. Hope it all works out, at least for the sake of the sport. Everyone is still in shock over the murder a few hours after the derby ended.
Vin More than 1 year ago
He is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law NOT in the court of public opinion .
Gerard Doise More than 1 year ago
How ignorrent of you. Another self centered know it all.
richard More than 1 year ago
What a rocket scientist she is, cause a fight right before your man rides on one of the biggest racing weekends? Didn't she know about the what is yours is now mine angle most of these backstretch bimbo's clamor for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exactly what cave did you learn "blame the victim" in?
Joel Schiff More than 1 year ago
This guy behaves terribly as a person. He may be a good jockey, but should be banned for his bad off-track behavior.
Gerard Doise More than 1 year ago
Like Dutrow and many others. He should be judged and licensed by each of the parties. What he does in public should have no effect on his riding license unless he is drinking and riding or using drugs and riding. So many of you have already convicted a man on half to story, the story the press has released and its his second offense, oddly both occurred right before the derby.
Vin More than 1 year ago
Right , last year and this year again . Both woman are lying?? So by your INSANE logici it would be perfectly ok for a rider to beat his wife and children in private because and I quote .. "What he does in public should have no effect on his riding license unless he is drinking and riding or using drugs and riding. "......... how embarrassing for you...
Vin More than 1 year ago
OF COURSE he should...........a license is a PRIVILEGE not a right.....
John Boudreau More than 1 year ago
Lenny>> Your Among the Best of the Best>> Good Luck >> and Good Luck to Robby>> You Guys Did Great Together>>>
Christopher Clark More than 1 year ago
Good luck to Robby why? so he can beat more women... nice guy beats up on a women guess he doesn't deserve a derby victory after all
Mark Deckert More than 1 year ago
Good luck to you Chris Clark.....
Christopher Clark More than 1 year ago
Thank you...
Darrell Peck More than 1 year ago
I just played poker with him last Thursday night and no idea that he was such a scum bag. Just goes to prove that nobody knows what is going on behind the scenes of peoples lives.
radnor87 More than 1 year ago
Come on Brian, you don't honestly think that raising the scale of weights will Stop this guy beating women, do you ? Lots of jockeys struggle with weight, but I Don't see a bunch of charges against them like this character.
Gerard Doise More than 1 year ago
Its the second time, oddly both times right before the derby. Too many of you guys are judgmental, let it go to trial. he shouldn't plea bargain again.
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
Gerard, sounds like this may have hit a nerve (no pun intended) how many times have you hit/slapped a woman or were just "alleged" to have hit a woman?
Gerard Doise More than 1 year ago
Never, but many of you rush to judge!