01/19/2015 1:38PM

Jockey Chapa suspended by Sam Houston

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Jockey Roman Chapa wins the Richard King Handicap aboard Quiet Acceleration on Saturday. An investigation into whether he's holding a foreign object in his hand in this photo is ongoing.

Jockey Roman Chapa has been suspended by the Sam Houston Race Park board of stewards pending an investigation into his ride in Saturday night’s ninth race, the $50,000 Richard King Handicap, which he won aboard Quiet Acceleration.

Chapa will be off his mounts Monday, according to stewards at Sam Houston.

Chapa’s ride is being investigated after a photo of the finish of the race was brought to the attention of the stewards, a photo that may show something foreign in Chapa’s hand while riding Quiet Acceleration. A concern would be whether the object is an electrical device.

“At this stage, it’s just an investigation,” said David Rollinson, a steward at Sam Houston.

Rollinson said Chapa was interviewed Monday morning at Sam Houston as part of the investigation.

Chapa is the leading rider at Sam Houston, which opened Friday. There is racing at the track Monday and Tuesday.

Toby Cathey, the agent for Chapa, was reached by phone Monday morning but said he was unable to talk at the present time because the draw was ongoing. Sam Houston on Monday was taking entries for the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic and Grade 3, $200,000 Connally Turf Cup that run Jan. 24.

Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Jockeys have been plugging them in for decades.Track maintenance workers find discarded buzzers frequently,how many depends on the circuit.Trainers know which jocks are available for this "service"?Horses are herd animals and some ,even though talented want to run with the pack.Many "morning glories"frustrate trainers who decide to use this to light a fire under there behind to wake them up and run to thier ability.Sad ,but happens.Believe me I know .Greed can lead to making unethical decisions.
fred thompson More than 1 year ago
It was a lucky charm given to him by his daughter. That's his story and he's sticking to it.
Jim Taggart More than 1 year ago
Had 50 to win on fly the red eye. Who's gonna pay me
littlelouis99 More than 1 year ago
an electrifying ride !
dietcoke676 More than 1 year ago
I have seen a race thrown at remington park-in person-I was warned it was about to happen-longshot with a female jockey won to celebrate her last ride
John Smith More than 1 year ago
If you think Pish was not aware that his jock and good friend was not packing while riding his own horse , then you probably think that Al Qaeda is a type of cheese used in nachos.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Tried it ,yummy but very hard to find.Try Trader Joes.
Walter More than 1 year ago
When simulcasting was allowed in Illinois in 1994, I became familiar w other circuits. I always wondered about this guy Chapa, his riding was so inconsistent, it seemed like he was up to no good. Now I read he was busted in 1993 & 2007 in addition to this latest incident. It figures. This can be stopped. If states would ban simulcasting tracks that have the reputation of cheating, things would clean up quickly. Imagine if Sam Houston had to rely on handle from their home state only, they would close tomorrow. Most tracks, excluding the larger circuits survive because of out of state handle. States can help this but they choose to let their horseplayers be cheated.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Why does this sport keep its crooks active.this guy has priors and should have been kicked out the first time he used a buzzer...imagine any other sport or business acting this way.an employee steals from clients gets caught and is forgiven continues at the company. why doesn't law enforcement get involved. Imagine some one tries to fix a sporting event gets caught and nothing happens to them except a suspension. especially a event that involves gambling. Imagine a casino employee rigs a roulette wheel gets caught and gets no jail time. and continues to work at the casino.what a concept . and they wonder why this sport is dying for lack of credibility.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
because the reward is worth WAY more than the ridiculous or non existant punishments they dish out!
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Roman Chapa, you should be ashamed of yourself . How do you win like that without even moving on your horse. Explain your ride to the Stewards, cant wait to hear the out come of this investigation. Plugging him in , shame on you..........
Pauly Patane More than 1 year ago
The Out rider!!!!! Its so obvious, watch him stay glued to the horse from 5:05 to 5:57, he then all of sudden breaks away, I sure he handed off the piece. After that Chapa itches his face with left hand, and why would you ever head back to winner circle with device. Its suicide. Watch out rider in red right hand, and Chapa left. Exchange was made, and watch Chapa from clubhouse turn back to 5:05, he never takes left hand off reins. The exchange was done right after outride broke free.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Some cheat to get an unfair advantage.....but when it becomes so common...other have to cheat just to catch up and level the playing field. I bet 75% of the baseball players that used steroids cheated because had no choice....It was use steroids OR be replaced by another player who does.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
so that's why you kick out the ones that get caught as a deterrent to others ..or else its just a waste of time handicapping.