12/16/2012 7:31PM

Hollywood Park: Carrero suspended for striking agent with whip


Jockey Victor Carrero has been suspended for 30 days by Hollywood Park stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward after striking a jockey’s agent with a whip in an incident in the barn area in late November.

The incident stemmed from a dispute that Carrero had with agent Derek Lawson about a potential mount.

The suspension, announced on Saturday, runs through Jan. 13. Before being allowed to resume riding, Carrero must sign a drug and alcohol testing agreement with the California Horse Racing Board, enter into a contract with the Winners’ Foundation, attend anger management classes, and participate in a fitness for license hearing, according to the ruling.

The Winners’ Foundation aids people in California horse racing with substance abuse issues. The Winners’ Foundation is likely to require that Carrero undergo counseling, stewards said on Sunday.

Carrero, 32, has had little impact on the sport in California in recent weeks. At the Hollywood Park fall meeting that ended on Sunday, Carrero was winless with four mounts. His last win was at the Big Fresno Fair in October.

Rufus More than 1 year ago
Carrero was suspended because he didn't hit the agent in the right spot.
Bob Nastanovich More than 1 year ago
Always glad to see jock agents make the news.
raymond More than 1 year ago
Jockeys arre allowed to use their whips. Why the suspension? Was it because it was excessive?
Sally Watanabe More than 1 year ago
They are allowed to use the whips on horses, not people
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
Slow news day?
Procol More than 1 year ago
There are rules in place for excessive whipping of an agent. Carrero obviously took it too far.
Frank More than 1 year ago
Wow I just read that article about this guy back in Nov. 2002. Hopefully Karma will get this guy in a big way!
Frank More than 1 year ago
So whats the big deal -- these guys whip the horses? Why cant you whip people? Oh is it not humane? WTF!
BrandonLayer More than 1 year ago
You eat cows and pigs but not humans right? Some things that are ok to do to animals are not ok to do to humans.
Frank More than 1 year ago
Yea but I dont whip them for pleasure so they run faster. Most people behind the curtain in this sport are bad period! I know because I've been around and seen some and known some. Dont lecture me about animals you degenerate gambler that cant pick a winner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're against whips for the reason that they are "inhumane" then you must be against horse racing. Would you ever strap a saddle on a person and make him race? Saddles are inhumane so no more horse riding unless its bareback with no bit. On second thought, no riding horses. You wouldnt ride a person so therefore, according to you, you can't ride a horse either because animals are equal to humans.
Sally Watanabe More than 1 year ago
Would you like to be whipped?
Jeffries Will More than 1 year ago
Arrested? Really guy? Let's be realistic, the guy may have issues but................let's not make it more than what it was. I wouldn't put him on my horses. Unfortunately the guy had some potential but obviously has some issues.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
He's a ticking bomb...
laura ban More than 1 year ago
Isn't that the truth!
Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
They should have arrested him when he threw his whip at that poor horse that broke down and was laying on the ground at Aqueduct. He appears beyond help.
Frank More than 1 year ago
what? when did this happen?
Sally Watanabe More than 1 year ago
I heard he threw dirt in at the horse, how could someone do that to a poor horse??
laura ban More than 1 year ago
This is a man who needs real mental help for a long time. He did a most unspeakable act in N.Y. - I hate to even think about it. This wasn't the first time he's been in trouble and his violent actions and rage needs to be dealt with in a correct manner or he might really hurt somebody in the future.