08/07/2012 2:11PM

Ellis Park: Albarado to ride in Gardenia Stakes, his first Kentucky mount since being arrested May 4

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Robby Albarado is scheduled to ride in Kentucky for the first time since he was arrested on the morning of the May 4 Kentucky Oaks, having been named aboard Sassy Image in the showcase event at the Ellis Park meet, the $100,000 Gardenia Stakes on Saturday.

According to an e-mail from Dick Brown, a spokesman for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Albarado has been eligible to ride in Kentucky since late May, when he was awarded a temporary restraining order in Franklin Circuit Court.

Albarado has not ridden in Kentucky since May 3, the day before he was arrested at his home in the east end of Louisville on charges of domestic violence. It was the second time in a little more than a year that Albarado had been arrested on that charge. On July 13, Albarado was convicted by a jury of six in Jefferson District Court in Louisville, Ky., of fourth-degree assault from an April 30 incident that involved a woman named Carolina Martinez.

Albarado is scheduled for sentencing on that conviction next Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Louisville, at which time “it is our understanding that there will be a hearing regarding the revocation of his probation from a 2011 domestic violence case,” Brown wrote. “We are awaiting the outcome of both of these cases before the commission’s License Review Committee meets to discuss and perhaps take action.”

At the time of his May 4 arrest, Albarado had been on probation with the commission for the 2011 domestic-violence charge that involved his then-wife, Kimber. That charge eventually was dismissed after Albarado pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of interfering with a witness, for which he received a suspended sentence. The commission ultimately allowed him to resume riding in Kentucky, conditional on his avoiding any additional criminal charges.

Over the last 10 weeks, since June 1, Albarado has been riding regularly at Arlington Park in suburban Chicago after successfully seeking the restraining order. During that time, he has ridden just once in one other jurisdiction, Virginia, where on July 21 at Colonial Downs he swept the $600,000 Virginia Derby on Silver Max and the $150,000 Virginia Oaks on Volcat.

Sassy Image is trained by Dale Romans, who also trains Silver Max.

Sassy Image is Albarado’s only mount Saturday at Ellis in Henderson, Ky.

Albarado, a 38-year-old native of Lafayette, La., has ridden professionally since he was 16 and has 4,420 winners and more than $176 million in mount earnings to his credit. He was the regular rider of two runners to be voted Horse of the Year, Mineshaft in 2003 and Curlin in 2007-08.

Rob Sacret More than 1 year ago
UNBELIEVABLE! JUST THE THOUGHT OF ANYONE TO EVEN TRY TO JUSTIFY HIS ACTIONS MAKES ME SICK! ROBBY HAS RIDDEN HORSES FOR ME BEFORE AND I WILL NEVER PUT HIM BACK. I HAVE A WIFE AND THREE DAUGHTERS AND IF I HAVE HIM RIDE ONE OF MY HORSES EVER AGAIN, IT IS ME SAYING THAT IS OKAY TO BEAT UP WOMAN. FIRT OF ALL, STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND TRYING TO JUSTIFY HIS ACTIONS JUST BECAUSE HE IS "ROBBY ALBARADO". HIS NAME MEANS NOTHING! CHARITY? I TELL YOU WHAT, BEFORE MR. ALBARADO GOES TO MAKE APPEARANCES AND WRITE CHECKS FOR SOME BS CHARITY, CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME! BE A ROLE MODEL FOR HIS TWO SONS AND HIS DAUGHTER. YEA, I WILL LOVE TO SEE HIM JUSTIFYING IF HIS DAUGHTER GETS BEAT UP. WHAT TYPE OF EXCUSES HE IS GOING TO MAKE IF SOME AS- - - -L BEATS UP HIS OWN DAUGHTER. MAYBE, JUST MAYBE THAT DAY HE WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT HE HAS DONE. AND FOR ALL YOU OUT THERE THAT THINK HE IS MIGHTY GOD, YOU HAVE MOTHERS, SISTERS AND DAUGHTERS AND NO MATTER WHAT, NO MAN HAS THE RIGHT TO PUT HIS HANDS ON A WOMAN. AND BY THE WAY, HE WAS ALREADY FOUND GUILTY! GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. HE IS A DISGRACE FOR THE HORSE INDUSTRY. TWO WORD “OCHO CINCO! COME ON NOW, KENTUCKY RACING COMMISSION, IT IS TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE!!!
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
I would have to say that 85.27% of you people commenting here should be Phychic Readers. You KNOW EVERYTHING about EVERY person in racing and do nothing but complain. I'll make you guys a deal. If you all STOP WHINING about everything, I will post a couple winners here and there so you will be in happier moods and CONTRIBUTE. Nothing over 2 or 3-1 though, as I don't just give away money.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Good point! Has anyone seen Paynter?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
TO THE MODERATOR: Please instruct commentator 'BSB Jaws' to stop following me with his racist and abrasive insults. I am not the only one who has been attacked by this racist and it must stop.
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
He's already been CONVICTED. He appears in court for SENTENCING on Aug.14 . Learn how to read before YOU comment you inbred hillbilly woman bashers.
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
Put this low life woman abuser in jail .an absolute disgace to Racing!!!
prose More than 1 year ago
You, sir, are a disgrace. What right have you to pass judgement on someone without knowing all the facts? He is guilty of poor judgment and bad taste in women. This last little twit he was with tried to forcibly grab his cell phone out of his hand (his personal property) so she could read his text messages. Then when he took offense to this and pushed her away she called the police. One vindictive little person, wouldn't you say?
Luis E Astacio More than 1 year ago
What is his private live business got to do with racingf
Chris, Warr Acres More than 1 year ago
Um, he's now twice been convicted of domestic abuse.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
You must get your fact straight before you make serious accusations. Robby Albarado has never been convicted of domestic violence/abuse, not even once, definitely not twice. The second charge/accusation hasn't even been resolved yet, and you're ready to convict the man already? Neither a complaint, an arrest, a court appearance, nor a plea bargain constitutes a conviction. In America we have rule of law and court systems that function very well - we would rather let a guilty man walk than to convict an innocent man.
victor More than 1 year ago
I wonder how many men are convited of this type of charge who really did not do it ? Not all women are fakers, but it happens a lot in these type of cases. Yes girls call me a Pig if you want, but many lawyers advise their female clients to bring charges weather or a act was committed.
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
The cops arrested him twice . You can bet there were times they didn't. O J was innocent too, right ?
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
Filing a false police report is a crime.
Michael More than 1 year ago
Well Im a jockey,, got convicted of DV and was guilty,,However mine came at me with a Knive and i did something about it finally and what did i get ,,jail,,probation,,fine..But,, 6 months before that she beat the hell out of my face and i never touched her,, police came took pictures of me and did nothing and the time before that she slammed a door on my hand and broke it,,once again i was leaving,,never touched her,,policed came never did nothing to her but tell me to leave..Sometimes theres more to story than we see..People dont judge so quick..
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
OK Rider, You're down to your last chance... Ya got men like McPeek and Romans stickin' by you. Don't let 'em down.
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
McPeek & Romans are slobs.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
And you Cali-Boy are a Coward and once again you are following me around on here. That's getting a little weird. No, a LOT weird.
matthew_melton More than 1 year ago
U know mcpeek and Romans, do you? Ur just a clown who wants to be heard
Christine Race More than 1 year ago
PLEASE BE PROFESSIONAL - RACING ONLY PLEASE
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
This thread isn't about racing. Its about beating women and the people that condone it.
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
Be serious. Romans weighs 400 lbs. He makes Big Jeff look small. If Big Jeff got close to Romans then Romans would eat him.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Now that's Cali - - - Very weird but Cali. The land of fruits and nuts where the Sun peeks out at 11am each day. Brush fires, mudslides and CALI Jaws.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
He knows nothing !