06/26/2014 8:18PM

Vazquez suspended 90 days, plans to appeal


Trainer Juan Vazquez was suspended 90 days and fined $2,500 on Thursday by the Delaware Park stewards for being the aggressor in an altercation near the winner’s circle following the fourth race at the track last Monday. Vazquez will also have to attend and complete an anger management course approved by the stewards before his license is restored to good standing.

Vazquez reportedly punched jockey Trevor McCarthy after the fourth race Monday and McCarthy fought back. Vazquez left the track after the fight but returned after being contacted by a Delaware Racing Commission official. He was then arrested by Delaware State Police and charged with assault. That charge is still pending.

Vazquez and McCarthy attended a stewards’ hearing Wednesday.

Vazquez’s suspension is scheduled to begin Sunday, but John F. Wayne, executive director of the Delaware Racing Commission, said Vazquez contacted him after the stewards’ ruling was released and said he planned to contact an attorney and appeal.

This is not the first time Vazquez has been involved in a violent exchange. He was suspended for 30 days by the Maryland Racing Commission in February 2013 for being the aggressor in an altercation at the Bowie training center. That suspension was stayed on the grounds that Vazquez not be involved in another violent incident during the 2013 Maryland racing season.


Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
If one commits a crime, misdemeanor or felony, on track property that tracks officials have the right to ban such an individual. Its in the rules of racing for every jurisdiction in America. He's guilty of assault! Plenty saw it. This appeal window is a joke. Escort him off!
dave o More than 1 year ago
thats B.S. but when a jockey does drugs,manipulates a race and beat there wives,they get 1 day IF THAT!!
Mike More than 1 year ago
Another cover-up by do-nothing John Wayne Director of the Delaware Commission.
RD3P0 More than 1 year ago
I will agree. John Wayne is part of the reason racing in Delaware has now become a joke. Looking forward, take a look at on-track attendance for Delaware Handicap day, and then take a look for Haskell Day at Monmouth. Monmouth will get 25,000. Delaware Park will be lucky to get 400, and half of those will be the regulars from the simulcast room(s).
Kevin Cox More than 1 year ago
God forbid, what would've been the penalty if a jockey did that to, let's say a steward, or the clerk of scales ? Curious.
Kevin Cox More than 1 year ago
Jockey or trainer, I meant.
Matt Banchero More than 1 year ago
a high five and pat on the back
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When he loses I hope they tack on ! YR this is what the BULLY deserves
--- More than 1 year ago
I'm surprised he was suspended. Now we can look forward to 3 horse fields at Delaware Farce.
. More than 1 year ago
This dude is toast. Trevor son of Mike McCarthy one of the long time Delaware riders and well known in the community is smacked around by some dude from Argentina.
nick More than 1 year ago
People are making way to big of a deal out of this. Yes, I agree that a trainer can't just walk up and assault a jockey or anyone for that matter. But lets not forget that this is SPORT and emotions run high. The jockeys get in fights in the jocks room all the time with no stewards interference or fines. Fine the trainer enough to make it hurt and go on with life. Calling for years suspension and life time bans is ludicrous. If this were any other sporting event or Jerry Springer, or any other of those reality BS TV shows it wouldn't even make print.
Big Rob stud More than 1 year ago
Thank u
Tim Wells More than 1 year ago
kudos to the Delaware Stewards for the slap on he wrist that these officials are well known for. Let this be a Lesson to all trainers thinking about brawling. It is really not that bad and you will be back in no time.
G More than 1 year ago
Vasquez is still facing charges for simple assault. Someone had commented that Vasquez had punched Trevor in the face, if he had, Vasquez souls be facing felony assault charges. He has the right to appeal to the stewards just as he would if he was in a court of law. I just hope the authorities hand down a large fine but with it being simple assault, small fine and no jail or probation time. At least he also has to complete anger management course to satisfy the stewards as well, unless that gets dropped in his appeal.