Updated on 06/27/2014 9:39AM

Vazquez apologizes for losing temper with McCarthy


On Tuesday, a day after allegedly assaulting jockey Trevor McCarthy in the winner’s circle following the fourth race at Delaware Park, trainer Juan Vazquez was apologetic and expressed remorse for losing his temper.

Both Vazquez and McCarthy will be present at a stewards’ hearing at Delaware Park on Wednesday morning, at which Vazquez could be fined or suspended. Vazquez was arrested by Delaware State Police for his role in the altercation and faces assault charges.

“I am so sorry for what happened yesterday. This has never happened to me before,” Vazquez said by phone Tuesday morning. “I lost my temper. It is a very bad situation.

“Trevor is a good kid and a good rider. I am sorry for him and sorry for his family.”

It must be noted, that this is not the first time Vazquez has been the involved in a racetrack dispute. In a Maryland Racing Commission ruling dated Feb. 18, 2013, Vazquez was suspended 30 days for being the aggressor in an altercation at the Bowie training center. That suspension was stayed on the condition that “he not be involved in another altercation under the jurisdiction of the MRC during the 2013 Maryland racing season.”

Jockey agent Scott Silver, who represents McCarthy, said his rider was not seriously injured and confirmed that he would attend the Wednesday hearing. McCarthy rode in two races after the incident and was set to ride at Parx on Tuesday.

John F. Wayne, executive director of the Delaware Racing Commission, did not witness the fight but spoke with Vazquez and McCarthy afterward.

“It was a scuffle, there were abrasions, red skin, and bruises on both parties,” Wayne said Tuesday. “Mr. Vazquez left the track after the incident. I called him and summoned him back. He was arrested by the state police when he returned and taken to Troop 2.”

An incident in Monday’s first race might have played a role in precipitating the situation. McCarthy, aboard the favored House Money, made a three-wide bid for the lead entering the stretch and bumped with the Vazquez-trained Winning Player. House Money went on to win by daylight, while Winning Player tired to finish last. In the fourth race, just prior to Vazquez’s outburst, McCarthy had finished second, while a Vazquez runner was fourth.

Vazquez, a perennial power at Delaware, has 12 wins at the meet and leads the standings by five wins over Jamie Ness and Scott Lake, who are tied for second. Vazquez has finished first or second in the Delaware trainers’ standings in each of the past four years.

McCarthy, the leading rider at Laurel’s winter meet and the Pimlico spring session, is currently riding at Monmouth Park, Delaware, and Parx. He is tied for fifth in the Delaware standings with seven wins.

Henry More than 1 year ago
this isn't the first time this has happened and if these stewards allow this to pass it will happen again. this gentleman needs help.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
what more do u want from Vazquez, he said "I am sorry for him". he obviously feels bad the "kid" has to cheat to win.
Liz Collard More than 1 year ago
Is this post made in jest ?
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
watch the head on replay and tell me you wouldn't be mad if you were Vazquez. NO, I don't condone what Mr Vazquez did after the race, but he sure had the right to be p.off!
Rick Buckley More than 1 year ago
This offense (like his other previous assaults) are completely unexceptable. There is no excuse. The fact that this is being downplayed by the Delaware racing association is nearly as bad as the offense itself. Trainers and owners themselves should step forward and send a clear message that this is not forgivable behaviour over and over again. A one time offense is unexceptable but understandable. Three times, not a chance. Get real. He has a serious problem that has no place in the Sport of Kings. Period!
johnd More than 1 year ago
I guess we'll have to wait until this guy brings a gun to the track and starts shooting people before Delaware Park will do something about him. A disgrace. I guess the people who run Delaware Park don't realize this type of behavior is frowned upon in civilized society.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Mr. Dunleavy, ALLEGEDLY - the incident is on tape. The man was arrested, he admitted his guilt and apologized (sincere or not is another matter). Mr. Dunleavy, we are way past "allegedly".
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
You apologize for stepping on somebody's toe (by accident) or closing the door on them (not seeing them)...Apologies aren't designed to wipe away the conscious decisions you make in life.....We have become a nation that thinks you can wipe away anything by saying your sorry.....I have an idea....Don't do the act in the first place and then you won't need to apologize
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
I can't even believe this is being discussed, this is unprofessional. Vasquez should not be in horse racing, there was no mention of a horse getting hurt only some guy from Argentina losing his temper and it's OK because he's from Argentina, they act that way so it's OK ???? This way of acting does not belong in horse racing period. So embarrassing
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mike More than 1 year ago
You first!
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This Vasquez will pay dearly, if anyone knows why Luis Saez left Delaware and Jeremy Rose's downfall Then you know Vasques better start packing. I assume it's McCarthy's kid. if so that's a big no no. I recall when that kid was like 6-7, he practically grew up there. . ..
Walter More than 1 year ago
Tell us about Saez departure & Rose's downfall. I don't know the story
coachkevinc More than 1 year ago
It looks like the Delaware stewards have an opportunity to show the public that at least two tracks have joined the 21st century. Too many tracks have been embarrassed by accepting behavior that just doesn't stand the light of day anymore. Philly ran their leading trainer out of town for sexual harassment- this was an assault with witnesses that led to an arrest.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Three tracks - don't forget Tampa Bay Downs last year.