08/07/2012 4:15PM

Thistledown: Trainer ruled off for attacking jockey


Trainer Adolfo Exposito has been suspended one year and fined $1,000 after being charged with aggravated menacing and simple assault for an incident in which he allegedly attacked jockey Hector Rosario Jr. in the parking lot at Thistledown in suburban Cleveland.

Steve Zaper, interim chief investigator for the Ohio State Racing Commission, said Tuesday that Exposito is facing criminal charges in Bedford, Ohio, with a pre-trial hearing set for Aug. 30. Zaper said Exposito is alleged to have struck Rosario with his fist and threatened him with a gun.

The incident in question occurred July 27, although Zaper said he is unaware what sparked it since Rosario had not had any recent mounts for Exposito. A stewards’ hearing into the alleged attack was held July 30, said Zaper, at which time the maximum allowable penalty was levied against Exposito. Zaper said Exposito has appealed the decision to the commission, but Thistledown has exercised proprietary rights in excluding Exposito from the grounds. A Thistledown spokesperson said Tuesday the track had no comment on the matter.

Zaper said Exposito will need to reapply for a trainer’s license after his one-year suspension is served and the commission will review the application.

Exposito has raced primarily in Ohio and Pennsylvania in recent years while wintering at Tampa Bay Downs. He has 258 wins from 1,636 starters in a career dating to 1989.

Rosario is a 13-year riding veteran with 1,320 career wins.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
funny how a trainer get nothing for dopping a horse but will get a year for hitting a crook oops i meant jockey.
Joe Hernandez More than 1 year ago
Doping! :) ^
James More than 1 year ago
MY RACING BROTHERS...you want know who should be in jail. You want know the biggest shill in horse racing. Download the Gizzards, eh I'm the Wizards free selections for today at saratoga today. Why does Bris, DRf and others carry this crap. The gizzard couldn't make a living at the track, that is why he peddles this crap. This is NOt just a bad day, i have other send me the results and his guys sucks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why doesn't Zaper know what sparked this incident? He should ask the Trainer! This was self defense on Mr Exposito's part after Jockey attacked him with a club in the parking lot of Thistledown. Why didn't Thistledown drug test this Jockey?
JOHN CAPPER More than 1 year ago
It started in a bar. Look up the police report.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exposito does not go to bars! From someone who knows.
JOHN CAPPER More than 1 year ago
IN A BAR! Look up police report. Don't speak of which you do not know. IN A BAR. I didn't say he was drinking. I just said the inciodent started earlier, IN A BAR.
Jessie Baker More than 1 year ago
I know both jock and trainer personally the jock is a pos the trainer is like 75 and a good old man probably got tired of the jock holding his horses which the jock is famous for
JOHN CAPPER More than 1 year ago
Jessie, Do you read the article before you post a lie? The jockey hasn't riden for that trainer in a long time. Yet you know them personally. As for Rosario, he is so good that not only does he win at a 15% clip with a 40% ITM percentage, he holds back a lot of his mounts. This jockey must be a multi-miiionaire with the ability to "hold back" horses. Let's face it. He is obviously holding back favorites (why would he have to hold back long-shots?) yet he wins at 15% on the shots. BEST JOCKEY THAT EVER LIVED. Your mom didn't wash your mouth out enough with soap. You fib too much. In reality, Rosario got in an argument in a bar over WANTING TO RIDE for Mr Esposito, who decided not to use him. But you already know that, huh.
Joe Hernandez More than 1 year ago
I would punch him to! Mess with my horses!
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good riddance
B More than 1 year ago
Well, I'm not outta here, but I gotta agree that it's maddening how some of these posts become mean, silly and ultimately pointless to be involved in. Sometimes it feels like you are communicating with children and hey, maybe we are!
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
NINE comments: All cry-baby comments with no knowledge of the incedent. Was it wrong? Absolutlely. Who knows what happened. Maybe the jock did something terrible to his family? As for VICTOR....WOW!!! It seems like you discovered a great system to beat the races. BET ALL CLAIMED HORSES. You guys kill me!!!
shaqdog More than 1 year ago
That trainer did what all race fans want to do after watching EVERY race ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not me. I actually win from time to time.
PennNatRick More than 1 year ago
Funny how a trainer gets 6 months for using Frog Juice, but gets a year for hitting a jock.
mikey More than 1 year ago
ONE year for hitting a jock great, how many year;s do trainer's that beat up the public deserve.
Frank More than 1 year ago
Exactly - Or what about trainers who drug and endanger horses by running them with injuries!! Where is the justice there!
victor More than 1 year ago
NOW COME ON PEOPLE. HOW CAN YOU SPEAK AGAINST TRAINERS.? THESE ARE THE GUYS WHO CLAIM A HORSE, AND RIGHT AWAY IN THE NEXT RACE HE WINS EASY. THIS MUST be good triaining, not being able to mask the drugs they give these new horses.I wonder why no one cares that they do this ?
mikey More than 1 year ago
Do you mean the 2 guy's in new york.I wonder if the student is getting better than the teacher.
arnold_maurer More than 1 year ago
My opinion exactly, victor. BOOK IM DANO!
Norman Albanese More than 1 year ago
Thistledown has exercised proprietary rights in excluding Exposito from the grounds Why didn't NYRA do this to Dutrow?
mikey More than 1 year ago
He did not hit anyone just clobbered some.
mikey More than 1 year ago
You hit it on the head the reason is they are worried of a law suit.They need to grow a pair.
Daryl Steen More than 1 year ago
threatening him with a gun doesnt even register with anyone ? welcome to the USA
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
Ha! Ha!...I remember, in the wake of the Tony Cuila/Jose Amy saga that Paul Mellon quietly instructed his trainer, Mack Miller, to not ride any more Latino jockeys. (No punches or guns were required) Hence the unlikely success of Jeffrey Fell. It amazes me just how ignorant (or perhaps naiive) some people are of what goes on behind the scenes in professional sports, not just horse racing. But I have to agree 100% with those who applaud Thistledown for excercizing their right to exclude anyone they choose from their property. The trouble is that, rather like China where corruption means jail and possibly worse, if everyone who was scamming in racing (including racetrack owners) was held accountable, there would be precious few people left.
marc More than 1 year ago
Woody Stephens used to ride Eddie Maple and Tommy Wallis(his son in law I think) but when he had a REALLY good horse he sent for Pincay.
samuel gontz More than 1 year ago
LAFFITT PINCAY JR. (always put a horse in a good spot to win if he could get it done he would.always the man to try and haul down in the last 3/16ths..these trainers knew he could win the tight finishes usually a lot of times. BILL HARTACK also was a great finisher in tight races.just flat out tough too beat...
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
Pincay was a California-based rider. I'm talking about the local colony of NY villains.