Updated on 02/04/2011 3:03PM

Coa arrested in domestic incident

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Broward Sherriff's Office
Jockey Eibar Coa plans to ride Wednesday at Gulfstream. Coa's agent says there will be no charges in the incident.

Jockey Eibar Coa plans to ride at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday after spending Monday in a South Florida jail cell on charges of domestic battery, his agent, Tito Fuentes, said on Tuesday.

Coa, 39, was arrested early on Monday after his wife, Rebeca, contacted police and reported a fight at their home, according to the Broward County Sheriff's office. In an arrest report, the sheriff's office said that Rebeca Coa had claimed that her husband had punched her in the face following a night of drinking at a local club.

Fuentes said that Coa was released on Monday night and spent the night at home. He claimed that formal charges would not be pursued against the jockey.

"No one is going to press charges," Fuentes said. "That's the way they said it yesterday. He's going to meet with his lawyer and they are going to determine how to move forward."

Marlo Wright, an information officer for the Broward County sheriff's office, said that it was unclear if charges would be pursued against Coa. In Florida, prosecutors have discretion when deciding whether to issue formal charges in domestic-abuse cases, in contrast to some other states, which require pursuit of charges when any arrest is made.

"It all depends on the circumstances," Wright said. Wright added that Coa will likely have to appear in court approximately 30 days after his release from jail on Monday.

A photograph of Eibar Coa released by the sheriff's office shows Coa with a cut on the left side of his nose and a bruise under his left eye.

Coa did not respond to a request for comment through his agent on Tuesday.

A native of Venezuela, Coa has been one of the leading jockeys on the East Coast for a decade, and has $129 million in career purse earnings along with more than 4,000 victories. Through Feb. 1, he was ranked 21st among 808 Thoroughbred jockeys in purse earnings, with $539,830 through the first month of the year. Last November he rode Big Drama to victory in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.