02/09/2015 2:57PM

Report: Tampa trainer arrested


OLDSMAR, Fla. - Kenneth Wirth, a trainer who has raced a stable at Tampa Bay Downs since 1996, was arrested Feb. 1 and accused of maliciously stalking jockey Oriana Rossi, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.

The report said that according to an arrest affidavit, Wirth, 57, admitted to harassing Rossi, 32, who has ridden a number of horses for the trainer. According to the Times , Rossi reported she had been receiving vulgar text messages from various phone numbers.

The report said that Rossi found condoms and pornographic flyers with her name and address on her car.

Wirth was released on $25,000 bail.

This meeting Wirth has 3 wins from 10 starts. Rossi has 3 wins from 36 mounts at the meeting. One of those wins came aboard a horse trained by Wirth.

Mr. Mongo98 More than 1 year ago
No justice. Cosby could have given her a leg up and she wouldn't report him for 50 years.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah! Because sexual harassment is funny! And stalking is amusing! And trolling is fun!
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
seems like a relationship gone sour.
Michael Infurna More than 1 year ago
Now they arrest a trainer? Probably a year or two too late!!
Lawrence Redding More than 1 year ago
are you people nuts or just plain stupid? this case is simply about some guy with an obsession with a woman and has nothing to do with racing. Could happen in a restaurant , banking or any other work place.
mikey More than 1 year ago
You can't tell me that every racing fan has not wanted to do this many times.We all have heard fans wish ugly things on jocks.They try their best but will make mistakes.
william More than 1 year ago
I think this was more of a psycho attraction scenario than anger over some bad rides. Just my guess....but if it was a case of anger over bad rides, that would be kind of funny.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
You are missing the point this was a trainer STALKING a female jockey to the point where there was enough evidence under the laws of the State of Florida to support an arrest warrant which was executed. So it is no longer anything, but a criminal matter that will eventually be adjudicated by the courts.
David G. More than 1 year ago
Why wasn't Jamie Ness arrested a couple of years back when his runners were winning at 55-60% clip?
scott More than 1 year ago
because there are no rules at Tampa.... at least I assume that since i'm yet to see one enforced.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
FYI there are major differences between STALKING and training horses that win races - so I am assuming that it was a "tongue-in-cheek comment.
Russell Rieckenberg More than 1 year ago
As it was tongue in cheek that he won at a 55% clip. His highest win percentage was 34%.
Arnold Baxter More than 1 year ago
why arrest the hand that feeds us
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
This is one of the dumbest comments I've ever read. Yeah, let's arrest someone who's successful. David, you have no clue. Maybe spend sometime on a backstretch and see how hard the best trainers work and how good they take care of their stock and some even know how to run horses where they belong. Look at that and then get back to me. I suppose being successful is wrong. What a joke you are.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Because he's related to Elliot Ness(untouchable)