09/25/2016 2:08PM

Miyadi suspended in aftermath of altercation with Solis


ARCADIA, Calif.- Trainer Steve Miyadi was suspended by the California Horse Racing Board on Sunday after the regulatory body ruled that a recent altercation between Miyadi and Alex Solis, a jockey and racing board commissioner, was a violation of a stipulated agreement reached this summer.

Miyadi was arrested at Santa Anita on Friday after pushing Solis to the ground following a disagreement between the two that morning concerning a recent 30-day suspension Miyadi served for a medication violation found in one of his runners in December 2015.  Friday, Miyadi was charged with battery by the Arcadia, Calif., police department and released.

The racing board began suspension proceedings against Miyadi on Friday and announced the decision in a statement Sunday morning. Miyadi will be suspended until a hearing is held regarding the altercation with Solis.

Miyadi was at Santa Anita on Sunday morning. He said he was informed of the racing board’s action from other trainers and had not been contacted by officials within an hour of the announcement. He left Santa Anita shortly before 9 a.m. on Sunday.

“I’m shocked,” he said. “I’ve got one horse left to train, but I’m leaving.”

Miyadi said he was attempting to reach an attorney on Sunday morning for legal advice.

The racing board announced the suspension in a two-paragraph statement signed by executive director Rick Baedeker. The suspension began on Sunday and bans Miyadi from racetracks and stable areas under the jurisdiction of the racing board.

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In its decision to enact the suspension, the racing board cited a clause in California Business and Professions Code that stated if Miyadi, as a racing board license holder, were to continue in his capacity as a trainer “without restrictions, (he) would endanger the public health, safety or welfare.”

In a two-page declaration that accompanied the suspension, racing board staff counsel Philip J. Laird wrote that Miyadi’s actions puts members of the racing board who attend races at Santa Anita “at risk due to their roles in adopting the recent Stipulated Agreement to suspend Miyadi’s license and place him on probation.”

Miyadi cannot start any horses during the suspension. No hearing date had been scheduled as of Sunday morning.

Miyadi was fined $5,000 and served a 30-day suspension from Aug. 7 to Sept. 5 after Run for Retts tested positive for the prohibited substances methamphetamine and amphetamine in the $100,500 Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos last December. During the suspension, the stable was operated by Miyadi’s assistant, Mark Rheinford.

The penalties were part of a stipulated agreement between Miyadi and the racing board during the summer. Miyadi, 59, was suspended 180 days, but 150 days of the suspension were stayed provided he does not violate the terms of the stipulated agreement. Another aspect of the agreement stated Miyadi cannot have any positives for medications in classes 1, 2, or 3 for a one-year period, beginning Aug. 7.

Miyadi has won 1,440 races with a stable based primarily in California. This year, Miyadi has won 32 races. He had one win at Los Alamitos on Saturday, but did not have any starters on Sunday’s program. Miyadi has one stakes win in the last five years, Grazen Sky in the Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in May 2015.

Tim Wells More than 1 year ago
I'm waiting for the hearing so I can see what happens . Mr. Miyadi has always ran such a drug free , honet stable for years. I can' believe that such an upstanding Citizen would be guilty of shoving anyone.
victoreconomico More than 1 year ago
I agree Tim. Steve is a really good guy and outstanding horseman.
Willie Rushing More than 1 year ago
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Jockeys should never be allowed to be stewards .period. 
Stewards should be people who have the long term interest of racing at heart . Like breeders and people from the industry not related to the gambling aspect of the business. 
Jockeys and trainers have too many friends and connections in the game to be objective,
Frank More than 1 year ago
Solis is part of the problem in this country -- He uses the cops and law as his little personal mommy in solving childess disputes. 

Be a man and not a coward -- when pushed push back and stick up for yourself and deal with these little issues.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Frank, hows the weather in the trailer park ? I strongly suspect you are a 4th grader as your mentality is no greater than one.  Or, your a big tough guy with tats.  Either way, Miyadi, (I think he's from the middle east) is wrong.  Funny, usually tough guys LCW"S
(low calls whites) hate all people with immigrant name.  
JasmineTedesco More than 1 year ago
No word on how his fellow government pals will deal with the provocateur Solis. More government hypocrisy, yawn, nothing to see here folks, move along.
Paul Aguirre More than 1 year ago
This is the exact problem when conflicts of interest are allowed to exist. How can a jockey be allowed on the Board and make judgements against a trainer who has never supported him. Would Mr Solis have acted any differently if the trainer was Richard Mandela? We're all only human and I'm sure we all know the answer to that question. At the very least ,  this should be an investigation before any punishment is handed out. 
Richard Glassman More than 1 year ago
i agree Paul.
Quite a More than 1 year ago
Where is the conflict of interest? Miyadi was fined and suspended by the Del Mar BOS in July. Solis is an Executive board Member and had no input into the suspension.
Quite a More than 1 year ago
I will stand corrected if Solis signed off on the adoption of the ruling. I cannot find the ruling adoption vote.
Quite a More than 1 year ago
The Stipulated agreement was signed off by Miyadi, Darrell Vienna, Miyadi's council, CHRB Board Chairman, Chuck Winner and Deputy Attorney General Venessa Martinez. Solis was not part of the suspension process or the Stipulated agreement...
victoreconomico More than 1 year ago
The Del Mar BOS is governed by the CHRB. 
Quite a More than 1 year ago
victoreconomico More than 1 year ago
Quite A, i appreciate your politness while arguing your point first of all. Conflict of interest is when the CHRB oversees the BOS so when Solis rides for Mandella primarily and other trainers never use him for example , will Solis rule against Mandella ? There is absolutely a conflict of interest and a CHRB member first of all shouldn't be aggressive with a trainer [ chest to chest ]. When a person puts their chest in a threatening manner close to yourself you have every right to create space. CA LAW.
Quite a More than 1 year ago
I respectfully disagree that it was a conflict of interest, The Exec Board oversees the BOS but the BOS rulings are independent. In no way was Solis or any of the other Executive Board members a part of the ruling decision on Miyadi.... Regarding Solis/Mandella, the argument makes no sense. Solis rides for Mandella so other trainers don't use him? Solis and his agent were out soliciting business that morning. Miyadi projected his suspension onto a shocked Solis who verbally defended himself. He might have physically stepped into Miyadi's comfort zone but in zero way did that merit a shove to the ground. Miyadi was wrong to invent culpability by Solis and the BOS ruling and wrong to shove him to the ground. 
Craig Mathews More than 1 year ago
A ,200 lb guy pushes a 100 lb guy to the ground it's pretty obvious he's guilty.

Richard Glassman More than 1 year ago
Guilt has nothing to do with who won, Ca has stand your ground and if someone is in your chest in a threatening manner you have right to make space and not have to retreat. Sad when a member of the CHRB is talking so negatively about a trainer when he's supposed to be impartial. Read what Solis said about Miyadi in the article and tell me if thats the type person you want on the CHRB. Do you really believe a CHRB member should also be a current riding jockey making decisions about himself and other jockeys. Sounds like a conflict of interest.

Richard Glassman More than 1 year ago
If Miyadi was found to be in self defense when confronted by Solis, shouldn't the CHRB wait for the outcome of that proceeding before assuming Mr Miyadi is guilty ? If Miyadi acted in self defense which is quite possible because maybe Solis made a terrible comment to the press " his history is yelling at jockeys like they're nothing Solis said. Ask anybody in the jockey's room. That's his history and thats his problem.He forgot one thing. He's not talking to me not only as a jockey, I'm a representative of the State of CA. . Solis is a member of the CHRB.  It sounds in this article by Jeremy Balan, dated 9/23/2016 bloodhorse.com that Alex Solis isn't a fair reresentative of the CHRB with such hatred spoken about Miyadi. I feel as a member of the Horse owners of CA , the CHRB should hold off any suspension until it is first proven that Miyadi didn't act in self defense by creating space from an aggressive jockey who obviously never cared for him in his own words.
Richard Glassman More than 1 year ago
Personally, I always had high respect for Alex and liked him. I just don't agree that a misunderstanding between two grown men could have results like this when one of the two is a representaive of the CHRB but at the same time be a jockey that just because he made a citizens arrest [ Miyadi could have done the same thing } the board prematurely feels their lives are in danger ? Did Steve in all his years at the track ever harm anyone ? 

Quite a More than 1 year ago
You shove an CHRB Exec Steward to the ground because you are angry with a Del Mar Board of Stewards ruling and project your anger on the first CHRB official you see is arrogant, ignorant, unreasonable, lacking emotional control and deserving of further punishment. 
victoreconomico More than 1 year ago
A chrb official with a jockeys hat on begging for mounts doesnt sound like a CHRB OFFICIAL to me.
tony More than 1 year ago
Solis asked a stupid question, end result, down for the count. Solis needs to be off the CHRB and think before asking pathetic, provoking, questions to a trainer who takes his job seriously.
Quite a More than 1 year ago
Self Defense? Miyadi accused Solis of suspending him. Something which he had absolutely nothing to do with. Then Miyadi calls him a liar for not being aware of his suspension. Granted Solis should have walked away but when you are blindsided, accused and blame is projected on you which you had nothing to do with I would have got into Miyadi's face too. Did getting into Miyadi's face merit a shove to the ground? I don't think so.. 
victoreconomico More than 1 year ago
In Ca you have the right to stand your ground when someone has their chest up against yours. You are allowed to create distance under self defense which Miyadi did. At the time Solis just finished working a horse in the capacity of a jockey. If a police officer is off duty and the same situation happened it's not an assault of a police officer. Im not sure Quite A if you know but it was a citizens arrest which anyone can do and the police have to take you in. It is a conflict of interest when Solis is a member of the CHRB because they oversee the stewards when decisions by them are appealed. Would you want a policeman who was just accused of an unjustified shooting be in charge of the investigation ?
Quite a More than 1 year ago
It was not a conflict of interest. Solis played no part in the decision making process on Miyadi's suspension..
Quite a More than 1 year ago
California does not have a “stand-your-ground” law, the Castle Doctrine Under Penal Code Section 198.5, you are allowed to use deadly force within your own home if you have a “reasonable fear of imminent peril or great bodily injury. That's a far cry from verbally responding to an individual accusing you of suspending him, calling him a liar and finally pushing him to the ground.
victoreconomico More than 1 year ago
Your looking up the wrong code buddy. Your a nice guy obviously but you are wrong. Ca does have in the case of battery a stand your ground self defense. You are looking up deadly force. This is just pure battery.
victoreconomico More than 1 year ago
Ca does have a stand your ground defense. A stand your ground defense is different than a stand your ground law. 
victoreconomico More than 1 year ago
Mr Quite A, ca law allows you to use reasonable force if you feel about to be physically harmed and if someone gets in my face chest to chest I  do not know your next intention so I CAN PUSH YOU UNDER SELF DEFENSE.  Miyadi never hit him or jumped on him only created space between them.
Willie Rushing More than 1 year ago