01/06/2012 3:23PM

Parx Racing: Charges dropped against leading trainer Guerrero


An indecent assault charge against trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero has been dropped, but it is unclear whether Parx Racing, the suburban Philadelphia track at which he was the leading trainer in 2011, will rescind a 10-year ejection handed down as a result of the charges being brought.

The Bucks County District Attorney dropped the charges of indecent assault without consent, a misdemeanor, on Thursday before a magisterial district court judge, according to William Goldman Jr., Guerrero’s attorney. The charges were brought in November when Guerrero was alleged to have inappropriately touched a female employee of Parx.

As a result, Parx imposed a 10-year ban of Guerrero. Since late December, his horses have been transferred to his brother Guadalupe. Goldman said he has reached out to Parx management to find out if his client can return to training at that track, but he has not heard back from track management.

Calls from Daily Racing Form to Parx CEO Joe Wilson and to the track’s attorney Andrew Kramer were not returned on Friday.

“It’s our position the charges were not properly brought and the district attorney confirmed that fact and withdrew the charges,” Goldman said. “The D.A. did the right thing, we’re asking Parx to do the right thing.’’

Guerrero is scheduled to appear at a hearing before the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission on Jan. 17 in Harrisburg, Pa., on the matter of his eviction notice from Parx.

Guerrero was Parx’s leading trainer in 2011 with 131 wins from 386 starters and purse earnings of $3,069,510. In 2011, Guerrero ranked 13th nationally in wins with 145 and 30th in purse earnings with $3,400,295.

Guerrero has been allowed to train horses under his own name at Aqueduct, where he recently shipped about seven head.