06/23/2014 5:47PM

Leading trainer Vazquez arrested for assault on jockey


Juan C. Vazquez, the leading trainer at Delaware Park, was arrested Monday by Delaware State Police for simple assault after attacking jockey Trevor McCarthy in the winner’s circle following the fourth race at Delaware Park, according to track officials.

“There was an incident at the scales, it’s being investigated, an arrest was made,” John F. Wayne, the executive director of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission said Monday afternoon.

According to sources who were at Delaware Park on Monday, Vazquez approached McCarthy as he was weighing in after the fourth race, the two exchanged words and Vazquez hit McCarthy multiple times. Vazquez then left the premises before being arrested later in the day. McCarthy, who was checked out by track medical personnel, did ride his remaining two mounts on the card.

The altercation likely stemmed from an incident in the first race which McCarthy won aboard House Money, the 8-5 favorite. In upper stretch, McCarthy’s horse bumped with Winning Player, trained by Vazquez, who was second at the time and ultimately finished last. There were conflicting reports on whether Winning Player was injured and to what extent. Wayne said he had no information about the condition of the horse.

Wayne said that in addition to the arrest made by police, Vazquez will be required to appear before the track stewards who will decide whether or not to issue any fines or suspensions. Vazquez entered Monday’s card at Delaware with a meet-high12 wins from 49 starters.

“He’s going to have a hearing, we’ll have witnesses, people who saw what happened, and the stewards will base their decision on what they uncover,” Wayne said. “Mr. Vazquez was very emotional. I’m a little surprised he let emotions get the best of him.”

Wayne said he spoke with McCarthy after the incident and said the jockey “was pretty shook up. We tried to calm him down. EMTs checked him out, made sure he was okay. Passions are high. Mr. Vazquez is very passionate about his horses, too.”

McCarthy, who was the leading rider at Laurel Park’s winter meet and Pimlico’s spring session, is fifth in the jockey standings at Delaware with eight wins. He was scheduled to ride five mounts at Parx on Tuesday and four at Delaware on Wednesday.

Delaware Park is dark on Tuesday. Vazquez has one horse scheduled to run in Wednesday’s fifth race. Wayne said it would be up to the stewards to determine if that horse will be permitted to run.

matthew_melton More than 1 year ago
He must use the needle on himself like he does his horses
Max M More than 1 year ago
Why is the head-on replay not available for this race? Its certainly available for every single Delaware Race except Race 1
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
you have to click the flash next to the head on view. I must say, Mr Vazquez actions were inappropriate, but the FACT that the stewarts didn't at the very least put the inquiry light on after that VERY blatant check was TOTALLY REPREHENSIBLE!!!
Railbird Brad More than 1 year ago
How do I share this.
russell More than 1 year ago
I saw plenty of jocks fight but never saw a trainer hit a jock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess his horses aren't they only ones on drugs.... He roided out....
siobahn More than 1 year ago
Sounds like a lot of JEALOuS people! I saw the race. everyone assumed Trevor horse would be taken down or Vazquez would have filed a protest! Trevor was taunting Vazquez so he is not an innocent little boy. Watch the replay and then comment like it was your horse that is lame now!
coachkevinc More than 1 year ago
Clearly not 'everyone'. Your little boy comment is pretty weak too.
Mark Dezii More than 1 year ago
I watched the replay. I'd be mad at the jockey too. House Money shouldv'e been disqualified!!! I hope Winning Player didnt get hurt. Watch the replay!!!!!!.
Greg Jones More than 1 year ago
Mad is one thing, but, to beat him up? Sorry, Vazquez should be banned from the track, period. Not the first time his roid temper got the best of him.
Jack Young More than 1 year ago
I'd like to see Vazquez try that with Norberto Arroyo or Nakatani. He would get a pummeling.
elwood bluze More than 1 year ago
Or with the dude with the five buzzers.......Zaaaaap
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
Nakatani , Stevens , Eddie D. like to fight .
Walter More than 1 year ago
Eddie D retired long ago
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Eddie D was always my fave, he could get a horse to relax, take him back to last at times, and then work that Eddie magic and bring 'em, home, especially with the Stutes charges:) I haven't seen many that can emulate to brilliance of Eddie D, one of a kind!
Hail No More than 1 year ago
*the brilliance
Walter More than 1 year ago
Very true. And he was unbeatable on the front end also (many folks don't recall that trait) The man rode like he had a gas pedal.
tim More than 1 year ago
Stevens played a good drunk on that show Luck.
Walter More than 1 year ago
The tough guy in the CA jocks room was Isias Enriquez, just ask Nakatani about him.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
The Stewards could have prevented all this with an Inquiry and interviews with the Riders and Trainers. Without this, they left it all up to Trainer Marquez... His horse got slammed!
Julian Brown More than 1 year ago
exactly! and the horse on the inside was just as much to blame at the winner
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
A trainer's horse could have been bumped in the Kentucky Derby and it would not justify an assault on the rider involved. Innocent until proven guilty, but this appears to be criminal conduct by Mr. Vasquez.
Bill Douglass More than 1 year ago
Thanks for another free article DRF! Great stuff. Please follow up and let us know if the stewards will permit his horse to run Wednesday’s fifth race at Delaware Park. But that kind of info will probably be DRF+?