09/23/2016 11:30AM

Trainer Miyadi arrested after allegedly shoving Solis at Santa Anita


ARCADIA, Calif. – Trainer Steve Miyadi was arrested by the Arcadia, Calif., police department at Santa Anita on Friday after an early-morning altercation with jockey Alex Solis.

Solis and witnesses said Miyadi and Solis had a disagreement over a recent 30-day suspension Miyadi served for a medication violation found in one of his runners in December. Solis is a commissioner on the California Horse Racing Board.

The disagreement escalated when Miyadi shoved Solis, knocking him to the ground, Solis said.

Solis said he was not injured but that he planned to file assault charges against Miyadi.

“I could have broken my hand,” Solis said.

The incident occurred at Clocker’s Corner, a popular morning gathering spot for horsemen and racing fans.

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Solis, who was at Santa Anita on Friday morning for workouts, said he informed Santa Anita security of the incident. Shortly after 7 a.m., Miyadi was taken from the track in an Arcadia police department squad car. A police spokesman said Miyadi was scheduled to be released Friday morning and that he could face misdemeanor charges for the incident.

Miyadi was fined $5,000 and served a 30-day suspension from Aug. 7 to Sept. 5 after Run for Retts tested positive for the prohibited substances methamphetamine and amphetamine in the $100,500 Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos last December.

The penalties were part of a stipulated agreement between Miyadi and the CHRB reached during the summer. Miyadi, 59, was suspended 180 days, but 150 days of the suspension were stayed provided he does not violate the terms of the agreement. One aspect of the agreement stated that Miyadi cannot have any positives for medications in classes 1, 2, or 3 for a one-year period, beginning Aug. 7.