06/25/2014 12:32PM

Vazquez, McCarthy appear before stewards


A hearing into the Monday altercation at Delaware Park between trainer Juan Vazquez and jockey Trevor McCarthy was held before the board of stewards on Wednesday morning. A decision on whether fines and/or suspensions will be issued is not expected until Friday or Saturday.

John F. Wayne, executive director of the Delaware Racing Commission, said both Vazquez and McCarthy spoke at the hearing and that the tone of the meeting was one of “regret” that the incident had occurred.

Vazquez, the current leading trainer at Delaware, accosted McCarthy near the winner’s circle following the fourth race Monday and multiple punches were thrown. Vazquez left the track grounds following the fight but returned after Wayne reached him by phone. Vazquez was then arrested by the Delaware State Police and charged with assault.

“Four or five witnesses to the incident testified at today’s hearing,” Wayne said. “It’s pretty cut and dry, but it is a serious issue and the stewards don’t want to make a knee-jerk decision. They will deliberate and issue their ruling in a day or two.”

This is the second time Vazquez has been involved in a violent incident in 16 months. In February 2013 he was suspended 30 days by the Maryland Racing Commission for “being the aggressor in an altercation” at the Bowie training center. That suspension was stayed on the condition Vazquez not be involved in any similar situations for the remainder of the 2013 Maryland racing season.

“I made it clear that these actions are deplorable and will not be tolerated,” Wayne said. “In my 43 years in racing, I have never seen anything like it.

“To have this type of thing happen in front of the public makes us all look like a bunch of carneys – and that will not be permitted in Delaware racing.”

ziggylasvegas More than 1 year ago
I am all for Vasquez knocking out one jockey a week. Jockeys should know there are consequences for bad rides.
richarda foster More than 1 year ago
I'm offended at the use of the word 'CARNEY' in such a negative way. Wayne should maybe do some self-evaluation.
Walter More than 1 year ago
You're kidding? Right?
richarda foster More than 1 year ago
I'd be offended if I was a 'CARNEY'.!!!!!!!! I think I'm still offended!!!!!!
Greg Jones More than 1 year ago
Vazquez should be banned for at least a year. At least the second time his temper has gotten the best of him, 49 violations in career, and most vet. scratches of any trainer in the country, guy is not a good person/trainer.
Westin Niles More than 1 year ago
Cry me a river.
Greg Jones More than 1 year ago
Clueless troll :-)
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Mike R More than 1 year ago
Excuses, Excuses!
Steve More than 1 year ago
Wayne's statements makes it sound like he will take a hard line - good for him and the sport if he does
M More than 1 year ago
I'd guess both may get days: trainer 30 days, fine, anger management class, comply with any probation or condition of court. ideally, can't set foot on grounds (assistants have to cover it). let him cool off a month. jockey maybe gets a couple of days if they find he intentionally interfered and/or acted in an unprofessional manner post race that contributed to the altercation. Trainer agrees next similar offense will be one-year license suspension minimum.
mikey More than 1 year ago
If he gets off light the fans will be the next one's going after the jocks.
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
Roid Rage is a very real thing.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
That old boxing ring at Delaware was very useful... And uh - Where was John Wayne when Gene Weymouth leaped out of a tree to take back a horse that had just been claimed from him?
Matt Banchero More than 1 year ago
no suspension or fine necessary.....lesson learned !
Steve More than 1 year ago
Good thing you're not a steward or racing official