04/20/2014 3:27PM

Santa Anita stewards suspend Orozco

Benoit & Associates
Santa Anita stewards have not been able to speak to Irving Orozco to get an explanation of why he failed to show up for scheduled mounts last month.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Jockey Irving Orozco, who has not ridden since March 22, has been suspended for failing to appear at a hearing with Santa Anita stewards to explain his absence from riding.

Orozco did not appear at Santa Anita on March 27. The next day, he was removed from his mounts for the programs of March 28-30.

Orozco, 20, was scheduled to meet with stewards on Saturday, according to steward Tom Ward.

“We haven’t heard word one from him,” Ward said.

Ward is a steward along with Scott Chaney and Kim Sawyer. It is not clear what caused Orozco’s absence. He was not available for comment on Sunday, the day the stewards issued their ruling. Under the terms of the ruling, Orozco is banned from the racetrack until he contacts track stewards.

Orozco has won 19 of 192 races, good enough to rank 11th in the jockey standings for the winter-spring meeting that ran from Dec. 26 through Sunday.

Orozco has won 109 races in his career, including 10 on Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos.  Orozco was in the top 10 at the winter-spring meeting until March. His five-pound apprentice claim ended in late February.

* Trainer Mike Harrington has been fined $750 after failing to report that Summer Sea was racing as a gelding at Santa Anita on March 28, according to a ruling issued by Santa Anita stewards.

Summer Sea raced as a gelding for the first time on March 28, finishing last of eight as the 5-2 favorite in a maiden claimer. Trainers are required to report that horses are racing as geldings for the first time at time of entry.

Joe Apps More than 1 year ago
Who care one less thief
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
All Harrington was fined was $750? Thats pretty serious in my eyes. Horses running as geldings first time usually run more calm. If they were erratic in races previous, this is a nice angle to be aware of. Infractions like this hurt us, the customers.
Walter More than 1 year ago
When did the stewards in CA become God? They should really take a good look at themselves and their horrible decisions over the past year. These three people have the poster of inconsistency. Get off the God complex immediately!
gus stewart More than 1 year ago
In response to your reply ray s No he is a contractor employed by the trainers or owner. When we owned horses we decided on who to ride and if the jock went to dinner with us and had a few glasses of wine so what. They are not payed hourly and if he decides to take a vacation unless your garret gomez bejarano, you would really get behind financially because its that competitive. Until he shows up high, or drunk they should not have the power to suspend him. Yes should he have called for a meeting probably so, but again these guys feel like they are walking on eggshells and that has to change. Does anyone oversee the Stewards Ray, and with all the inconsistent calls in races over the last 2 years, have any of them been removed fired or suspended? Last I checked they are hourly and employed by the track!!!!
P Cerv More than 1 year ago
If the young man lost his father last month, then I think leaving the sport until the grieving has had time to get cleared is understandable. Everyone has their own way of grieving. The SA stewards need to understand this and speak with someone from Orozco's Family. They also need to deal with the fact that certain ethnicity issues may not be understandable to them, and back off.
gus stewart More than 1 year ago
suggestion Its really tough in this world today! I don't know Orozcos deal but I do know that any Jockey that gets up at 5am to work horses out, and comes back to ride if they get any mounts in the afternoon love riding horses. The problem is they have financial and personal problems like everyone else. Its time for the Stewards to get it! 70-80 percent of adults that go to work everyday take time off. Yes he should of checked in but today jocks are so afraid of the power the stewards have it makes them feel like they have to be perfect. Many people medicate themselves anti depressants alcohol whatever, and it doesn't effect them at their jobs. But the pressure jockeys have on them today is ten times more difficult then it was 20 years ago. The stewards need to try to be more mindful of this, and why some of them haven't been fired or fined in the last two years, for mistakes they have made, They may then understand what pressure is!!!!
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
bs if he cant take the pressure he should go work at McDonalds instead.he has a fiduciary responsibility to the track and stewards and they to the public to ensure that he is at his best and they cant do that if they dont see him.nobody says he cant take time off he just needs to tell them he wants a vacation or whatever.what he cant do is show up whenever he feels like it.wait most cant do that at their jobs either funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If the Orozco jock has drug problems they certainly were NOT discussed in the story, so people quit comparing what might be his issue or problem to someone else. That's not only not fair, it's entirely judgmental. If this young man's father passed away last month, do you think possibly THAT has anything to do with his failure to appear? These guys are self employed, but they do have to report absences.....just like anyone else. It is odd that he hasn't called the stewards, and wonder if he has an agent and what the story is there. A $750 fine for not reporting a gelding has nothing to do with WHO the trainer is...and if he's had previous fines for the same thing the price goes up aka 2nd or 3rd offense type things. A newly gelded horse is considered the "ultimate equipment change" although, in this horse's case it didn't appear to help him that time. He's fined because it could absolutely be a handicapping tool for a lot of people and needs to be made public. $750 might make Dr Harrington revisit his memory. LOL
wruthless belle More than 1 year ago
The kids Dad passed away in March.....
Dan More than 1 year ago
That Mitchell not Harrington isn't it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Orozco just has absolutely no excuse and they should just pull his license.