Updated on 09/16/2011 9:45AM

A contrite Carrero fined and suspended 15 days


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Jockey Victor Carrero was fined $2,000 and suspended for 15 days by the Aqueduct stewards after showing a "gross display of temper" after his mount, Saltaat, broke his leg in Thursday's second race. Carrero flung dirt and his whip at the prone Saltaat, who was euthanized on the track just past the finish line. Carrero was not injured. Carrero, 21, does not intend to appeal the fine or suspension, which begins on Monday.

On Friday, in a prepared statement, Carrero apologized to, among others, Deborah Bodner, the owner and trainer of Saltaat.

Carrero said, "I conducted myself in an unprofessional manner and I deeply regret what I did."

Carrero, whose English is limited, also sent his agent, Jose Morales, to the press box to speak to members of the media.

Morales said that Carrero has had outbursts in the past and believes the rider's problems in part stem from a troubled childhood and the death of Carrero's father two years ago. Stewards have referred Carrero to a therapist affiliated with the track to help him control his temper.

"He didn't mean what he did," Morales said. "When he fell, he just got frustrated and he lost it. He's got problems. He doesn't think so, but believe me I know because he has lived with me. He's like two different persons. [His actions] are going to hurt business, but I want to let people know he has some problems and is going to get help."

Before finding out that Carrero was suspended, Morales said he received a call from trainer Nick Zito's assistant requesting the rider be removed from Feisty Step, who is scheduled to run in Saturday's $200,000 Demoiselle. Business has been slow for Carrero, the leading apprentice in money won this year in New York, since his apprenticeship ended in September.

In the same race that Saltaat broke down, jockey Javier Castellano was fined $1,000 by the stewards for "using extremely poor judgment in the handling of his mount." Castellano rode Cajun Concert, the third choice, who wasn't a serious factor and finished sixth.

Levine and Valente California dreamin'

Over the last several years, trainer Bruce Levine and owner Roddy Valente have enjoyed success by claiming horses in California and winning stakes with them in New York. Two recent examples are Coyote Lakes, the winner of the past two runnings of the Gallant Fox, and Svea Dahl, who won the Turnback the Alarm earlier this month.

Levine and Valente's most recent California import is Resolve, who is scheduled to run in Saturday's $350,000 Cigar Mile. The Cigar Mile, the final Grade 1 stakes of the season in New York, will be Resolve's first start on the East Coast.

Valente claimed Resolve for $100,000 at Santa Anita on Oct. 24. The 4-year-old gelding finished second in the one-mile race and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 107.

Resolve, who arrived in Levine's barn about 11 days ago, worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.04 on Thursday over the training track at Belmont Park.

"He had good numbers and it's hard to find 4-year-olds running big numbers like that," Levine said. "His breezes were just unbelievable and it looked like he was going in the right direction.

"I think he will like a one-turn mile, and for $350,000 it's worth taking a shot."

Mandy's Gold preps for Top Flight

Grade 1 winner Mandy's Gold will make her next start in Friday's $150,000 Top Flight Handicap, a Grade 2 race for fillies and mares at one mile.

Mandy's Gold finished fifth, beaten 13 lengths by Azeri in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Arlington Park last month. During Belmont's fall meet, Mandy's Gold won the Grade 1 Ruffian and finished second in the Grade 1 Beldame.

Trainer Mike Gorham wishes Mandy's Gold, who sat several lengths behind the front-running Azeri in the Distaff, had been closer to the pace.

"Looking at the races that day, it was clear that you had to be close and [Mandy's Gold] has plenty of speed," Gorham said. "We could have been sitting behind Azeri.

"She came out of the race excellent, so we decided to run her again."

Mandy's Gold, who worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:13.00 at Laurel Park on Thursday, hasn't run at Aqueduct since she was disqualified from first in the Comely Stakes as a 3-year-old. Mandy's Gold was undefeated in four starts before running in the Comely.

Gorham said Mandy's Gold, who is owned by Steeplechase Farm, will race again next year.