09/12/2017 6:36PM

Indiana would deny Navarro license


Stewards at Indiana Grand told trainer Jorge Navarro on Tuesday morning he would be denied an Indiana trainer’s license if he applied for one.

Navarro, who has been based in New Jersey, never has run a horse in Indiana before and thus has no license in the state. Navarro entered the mare Duchess of Duke to run in the $100,000 Merrillville Stakes on Wednesday, and as things stand the horse will be scratched.

An incident involving Navarro and one of his owners at Monmouth Park precipitated the Indiana stewards’ decision.

Navarro and owner Randal Gindi were fined $5,000 each this week by Monmouth stewards after a video surfaced showing the two making comments deemed “extremely detrimental to racing” by track stewards. The matter has been referred to the New Jersey racing commission for potentially heavier fines. Navarro and Gindi both were placed on a year’s probation.

Stan Bowker, a steward at Indiana Grand, said Navarro as of late Tuesday afternoon hadn’t applied for a license. Bowker said stewards had spoken by phone to Navarro and told him he would not be permitted to run a horse at Indiana Grand.

“He was told the stewards would not approve his application,” Bowker said. “The integrity of racing is in question now with the problems he has at Monmouth Park. Second, we have a rule in our rule book that if a person has charges pending in another jurisdiction, they can be denied a license.”

Navarro, reached by phone, said he wasn’t fighting the decision. Ron Paolucci, who owns Duchess of Duke, said Tuesday he had “called everybody I can call” Tuesday trying to find a way for Duchess of Duke, who arrived Monday night at Indiana Grand from Monmouth, to start in Wednesday’s race. 

Osorio suspension upheld

The summary suspension of jockey Didiel Osorio for allegedly possessing an illegal electrical device in the fifth race Aug. 10 at Indiana Grand was upheld in a stewards ruling late last month, Bowker said. A full hearing on the case’s merits has yet to was upheld in a stewards ruling late last month, Bowker said. A full hearing on the case’s merits has yet to be scheduled with the Indiana Racing Commission, according to Bowker.