03/11/2015 11:40AM

Vazquez enters first starters since November


Trainer Juan C. Vazquez entered his first horses since November this week. No longer welcome at the Maryland Jockey Club tracks, he now is based on a farm in Delaware.

Vazquez has served two suspensions since his last starter Nov. 15 at Laurel Park, and his trainer’s license is in good standing. He was suspended 90 days by the Delaware Racing Commission for being the aggressor in an altercation with jockey Trevor McCarthy last June. As part of his penalty, he completed a course in anger management.

Vazquez also served a 15-day suspension handed down by the Maryland Racing Commission for not appearing at a commission hearing in October regarding a May race at Pimlico. Vazquez filed an appeal after his horse finished second in that race because he thought the winner should have been disqualified.

“I feel bad about what happened with Trevor,” Vazquez said. “That is not supposed to happen. I take responsibility.”

While Vazquez served his days, Hector Garcia oversaw Vazquez’s Pimlico stable. In early February, with Vazquez’s suspension coming to an end, Garcia was suspended 13 months for four medication positives – three for the anabolic steroid stanozolol and one for the tranquilizer xylazine. According to Maryland Jockey Club officials, the attending veterinarian for the Vazquez/Garcia stable was Kaelynn Moury, Vazquez’s wife.

Garcia and Vazquez have been barred from racing at the Maryland Jockey Club tracks, and their stalls have been taken away.

“I am sad for what all this has done to my name,” Vazquez said. “I want to say that in all my career, I have never tested positive for anything in Maryland ever. I do not think this is fair.”

Vazquez has had a number of medication violations in other states. He was suspended 21 days in 2012, when three horses he started at Delaware Park tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone. He also had a Boldenone positive at Gulfstream Park in 2012.

In 2010, Vazquez had two horses test positive at Philadelphia Park, one for capsaicin, an active ingredient in chili powder, and the other for capsaicin and methylprednisone, a corticosteroid.

Vazquez, a three-time leading trainer at Delaware Park, said he has about 40 horses on the farm.

“Everything is very good. I am in good shape,” he said. “We have an indoor dirt track and a grass course. I can train my horses the way I need.”

Vazquez’s first entrants this week were at Charles Town and Parx Racing, but he said he will focus on races everywhere with his horses.

“I will get on with my life,” Vazquez said. “I am working. I am happy to be racing again.”