04/02/2015 1:29PM

NYRA official, two jockeys' agents barred from NYRA tracks


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – An official at the New York Racing Association and two jockey agents were escorted off the Aqueduct grounds by track security officials and are being investigated by the Queens District Attorney’s office for multiple alleged violations – including possibly tampering with a sports event, according to sources.

Stephen Foster, the head clocker and a placing/patrol judge at NYRA’s three tracks, as well as jockey agents Mike Gonzalez and Jose Morales Jr. were escorted off the Aqueduct premises Wednesday and are barred from NYRA’s tracks while the investigation continues. As of Thursday, no formal charges had been filed.

A spokesman for the Queens County DA’s office would neither confirm nor deny that an investigation was ongoing.

Martin Panza, NYRA’s senior vice president of racing operations, said: “It’s an ongoing police investigation. We’ll await something from the Queens DA’s office.”

NYRA steward Braulio Baeza also would not comment. However, the stewards did interview several other clockers Thursday at Aqueduct.

According to sources, part of the investigation centers on whether Foster shared with the agents his password to the InCompass computer system that has access to all kinds of pertinent information such as entries, veterinarian lists, and workouts. Having access to that information could be deemed a competitive advantage for a jockey agent seeking mounts for his client.

One of Foster’s jobs is inputting the morning workouts into the database. He often does that from a computer in the racing office.

Morales is a former NYRA employee who worked as an entry clerk in the racing office, a job he left following last summer’s Saratoga meet. Morales represents jockeys Angel Arroyo, who finished sixth at the winter meet with 31 victories, and Israel Rodriguez, who finished ninth in the standings with 21 wins.

“I have a hearing with the stewards next week, and hopefully everything works out,” Morales said. “I made a mistake, I got to live with it, and hopefully everything will work out.”

Gonzalez represents jockey Manuel Franco, who was the third-leading rider at Aqueduct’s inner-track meet with 58 wins.

Phone calls to Foster and Gonzalez were not returned.

Victor Carrero More than 1 year ago
Sepase esto BRAULIO BAEZA Jr le deve 4,000 dolares a un jockey llamado Victor Carrero y a otro jockey le deve 20,000 Haora bien quien le puede someter cargos a este hombre un abogado digo esto por que el fue el que hizo que me sacaran de mi trabajo ayer pero nada todo tiene solucion y abogado tengo no estoy solo BRAULIO BAEZA Jr sabran que errs un estafador y tu carrera terminara pronto
APB70 More than 1 year ago
In the words of the legendary Edward Mortellitti as he headed out the door on beautiful, sunny Saturday morning, "I'm off to out crook the crooks!"
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
I not sure how this hurts the bettors. if they really cracked down on the cheaters, there would be more bettors. The information would be more reliable. The winners of most of the races actually make sense, but it seems there's always 1 or 2 "huh?" races.
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David Benning More than 1 year ago
don't forget gustav, who won with everything when he took over rudy's operation temporarily. lol - these guys have it good now, but sooner or later NYRA will wise up.
Adam Prince More than 1 year ago
Two words: Frost Giant
David Benning More than 1 year ago
California has done something right - just look at former 30%+ trainers, Jeff Mullins (right now at 6%) and John Sadler (now 11%) to name just a couple, who apparently were warned to straighten up or face stiff jail sentences and now - forced to play fair - they can't win to save their lives. It's not rocket science. It's confirmation of what we knew all along. Unfortunately, there are cheaters still getting away with rampant race-fixing, a notorious few in NY and other venues, who's win percentages and manners of victories after claims test all credulity. You know the names, just look at the winning percentages and the types of horses they train. If they are winning above 25% with primarily claimers, they're cheating.
Walter More than 1 year ago
What did California do to prevent anything? Yes, Mullins is not close to what he was doing before. But you still have Sadler, O'Neill, Avila, and others. I do not think SoCal racing is clean yet.
tommy More than 1 year ago
I know the sports corrupt but it's the handicappers job to find the best horses and also play the horses which he think will be fixed to win. When I spoke to jockey Ortiz and asked him how come he couldn't even come 3rd when the horse was clearly the best in the race, he replied by saying if he believes he can win he will push the horse, otherwise he will just ease the horse to the finish line. I don't think it's fair because jockeys should always try to win, regardless of position. You won't know until you try!!
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
That's what a Jockey is supposed to do. Stop betting exoctics. Why kill the horse for third? Drop him down and bring him back in 2-3 weeks.
Lafe Bassett More than 1 year ago
To apply what you suggest, you need to ban whips!
Richard More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Business as usual big deal things been happening for 50 years then arat jumps out of the sewer causes trouble.
Audrey Harvey More than 1 year ago
Like this is a revelation. Please. Get real.
Charles More than 1 year ago
So Gov. Cuomo was going to run the racetracks in NY and everything was going to be better, right. Any damn fool who thinks the government at any level is honest had better wake up and see the truth. From the local HOA to the city, state and federal govts. there have been problems right along but WHO is going to blow the whistle. But the greed will get them all eventually. And dora must be new to horse betting, but she'll learn like the rest of us.