01/21/2016 2:23PM

Stewards lift Juarez suspension but Stronach Group has not


Nik Juarez had his jockey’s license reinstated by the Laurel Park stewards on Thursday, according to Laurel Park officials. But Juarez will not be allowed to resume riding until the Stronach Group reviews the situation.

“We are internally discussing how to handle the situation,” said Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, which owns the Maryland Jockey Club tracks of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course. “As of now he does not have our permission to ride.”

Juarez was suspended and taken off his mounts last Saturday after he failed to submit a urine sample for drug testing Friday as requested by the Maryland Racing Commission.

The commission tested all of the riders in the second race on Jan. 15. Juarez explained to officials that he had been reducing to make weight and was given until the end of the day Friday to comply. Juarez said that he could not locate an official to test him after he had finished riding for the day and left the track, which led to his suspension.

On Saturday, Juarez was drug tested at the U.N.I. Urgent Care Center in Frederick, Md., at his own expense and the results came back negative. On Monday, Juarez met with a drug counselor, who said in a written statement that “Mr. Juarez did not appear to need substance abuse treatment.”

“We do not like that he was tested by an outside organization,” Ritvo said. “We want to make sure that everything is okay ourselves.”

Laurel has canceled racing for Saturday and Sunday in anticipation of a winter storm. The track is bringing its previously drawn Saturday card back on Monday so Juarez currently is not named aboard any horses.


Sinatra More than 1 year ago
There are a multitude of "superfeed" trainers being fined and given minor suspensions and continue to train and race their owners horses. But the only stories that get the most focus is when a jockey is under suspicion of drug use. There is something wrong with this picture and the distraction that it causes when the real problem are the trainers and owners who are greedy and want to flim-flam the bettors out of their money. Turf Ruler
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
What a joke the guy goes and tests at his own hand picked facility. Paying from his own pocket but refuses to get a free test at the track. .the worst part is the stewards buy it and forget the fact that he did not do the test at their request in a timely fashion. what a bunch o nickampoops. no wonder jockeys get away with everything. what good is testing without the element of surprise. what good is being tested when you feel like it?.
Klara More than 1 year ago
what happened to super star trainer Scott Lake ? He cant win a race these days. Remember how he won all those training titles? lol, what a farce-- guess Lake cant train a horse honestly.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
what a comical statement....It's JANUARY..
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
he has not been winning since he tested positive..but that goes for all the other 40% clowns out there who become 8 percenters once caught.