08/15/2016 10:03AM

Jockey Arroyo placed on probation for almost three years

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Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr.

Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. on Sunday was placed on probation for the duration of his license after a test revealed a 0.02 percent blood alcohol level earlier at this Del Mar meet, track stewards said.

Arroyo has had a checkered career that has included incidents of substance abuse and jail time. He recently relocated to Southern California and was granted a license through July 31, 2019, but as a condition to get a license, the California Horse Racing Board required that he sign paperwork consenting to tests at any time, steward Scott Chaney said Sunday.

Del Mar's stewards – Chaney, Grant Baker, and Kim Sawyer – in their ruling said that in addition to continued testing, Arroyo must be evaluated by the Winners Foundation, which aids racetrackers with substance-abuse issues.

"Failure to comply with the terms of probation will be grounds for actions against Norberto Arroyo's license privileges," the ruling states.

Arroyo has won eight races at this meet to place ninth in the jockeys' standings.

• Jockeys Stewart Elliott and Santiago Gonzalez were given three-day suspensions, beginning this Saturday, after being cited for careless riding in races last Saturday.


Ursula Bn 10 months ago
Oh no, we were wondering what happened to Norberto, we thought maybe he got hurt. It seems Equibase took his results away from his profile. I hope he gets a good lawyer, because this sounds like they were looking for a reason to hault his good comeback! I could see where some of the jockeys were not happy with him taking mounts away from them & hope he wasn't set up.This seems so unfair, because it was just a 0.02 trace. Good luck Norberto, from your past owners CNU, who always loved when you rode for us & others here in NY. We were so glad that he was having a great comback in California & enjoyed watching him racing so well again. Hope he can get this decision altered to a lesser penalty, it's way too harsh & unfair!!!
Joseph Scurto More than 1 year ago
It was mouthwash !!!  He is a great rider !! I mean great !! He knows pace great hands .. Very nice guy  !! I know well !!  God bless him !!! 
tmbbattaglia More than 1 year ago
You can get higher than .02 by using mouthwash in the morning!