09/12/2017 11:42AM

Trainer Navarro, owner Gindi fined for taunting incident


Jorge Navarro, who on Sunday won his fifth consecutive Monmouth Park training title, and horse owner Randal Gindi, who races as Monster Racing Stables and has horses with Navarro, has each been fined $5,000 by the Monmouth Park stewards for "conduct extremely detrimental to racing."

The fines are the maximum the stewards can impose, according to Frank Zanzuccki, executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission.

The stewards have referred the matter to the commission and recommended that Gindi's penalty be increased to $20,000 and Navarro's to $10,000. The stewards' recommendation will be taken up at the commission's Sept. 20 meeting.

An Aug. 4 YouTube video, shows Gindi, in particular, and Navarro taunting a fellow patron after watching a race on television in the Monmouth Park clubhouse. According to a Monmouth Park official with knowledge of the situation, the race in question was the ninth from Gulfstream Park, which was won by Sir Sebastian, who paid $6.20. Sir Sebastian is trained by Navarro's brother Marcial.

The video was filmed on a phone by an unidentified patron at the bar with whom Gindi has reportedly had a longstanding argument. The video was posted to the Internet Aug. 11.

After the conclusion of the race, Gindi exults: "Adios amigos, adios amigos. The Juice Man, that's the juice. That's the vegetable juice. We f---k everyone and I line my pockets with another twenty thousand from the bookies. Life is great."

Navarro is heard to say: "Is that a Navarro? Is that a Navarro? Is that a Navarro at 2-1? That's the way we do it. We f---k everyone."

In addition to being fined, Gindi and Navarro have both been placed on probation for a year and will have their licenses suspended if they have any similar offenses during that time.

Navarro, 42, began training in 2008. He has 754 victories from 2,722 starts, and a 27 percent win rate.

Gindi, 50, and Navarro have won 75 of 205 starts together, including the Grade 2 Smile Sprint at Gulfstream Park and $100,000 Hall of Fame Stakes at Parx with Delta Bluesman last year.

Navarro served a 60-day suspension in 2013 for six flunixin positives he received at the 2011-2012 Tampa Bay Downs meet. Flunixin, known by the trade name Banamine, is a painkiller. All six positives came within a 30-day period and Navarro was not notified of the first positive until all six horses had run.

He is currently appealing a positive test after a horse he trained tested positive for cocaine after finishing second in a $5,000 claiming race at Tampa Bay Downs in February. Navarro has said the positive is the result of environmental contamination.

Marcial Navarro is 8 for 52 this year.