10/08/2014 4:49PM

Vazquez's 90-day suspension upheld


The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission voted unanimously to uphold a 90-day suspension meted out to leading trainer Juan Vazquez for an altercation at Delaware Park, where he allegedly punched jockey Trevor McCarthy, officials for the commission said Wednesday.

Vazquez, who currently is leading the Delaware Park trainer standings by a wide margin, was suspended for 90 days by Delaware stewards shortly after the altercation occurred June 23, but he received a stay as a result of his appeal of the ruling. The commission’s order to start the suspension will be issued prior to the commission’s next meeting, Nov. 13, according to John Wayne, the executive director of the commission.

Vazquez also was fined $2,500 and ordered to attend anger-management classes.

Through Oct. 7, Vazquez has 43 winners from 198 starters at Delaware, which closes Oct. 22. Scott Lake is second in the standings with 29 winners from 109 starters.

Under reciprocity rules, Vazquez’s suspension will be recognized by other racing states. His initial appeal in front of the racing commission was scheduled for Aug. 13, but his attorneys were granted delays in order to prepare for the hearing.

Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
The suspension is very convenient,. This will give him some rest up time, and time to enjoy the holidays with family. Maybe a little travel down to Fla or elsewhere. Then, when Valentines day rolls around, so too will Juan Vasquez. So the horses get a rest and Juan gets a rest. then in April it is business as usual.
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
They let him train the whole meet and then the the suspension starts.....Since he never wins races anywhere else anyway......Its like he's not even suspended
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
Truly ridiculous. Of course his attorneys delayed the hearing. Given your information, the suspension should start when the next Delaware meet starts.
dedukeKy . More than 1 year ago
It does
riddick More than 1 year ago
That's McCarthy's kid, His dad rode there for years, I remember that kid when he was little.at Del park, McCarthy had his wife and little ones there a lot. Good luck Juan getting your way. lol!.
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
The suspension to start after the BC of course.
Greg Jones More than 1 year ago
That doesn't matter in the least, Vazquez doesn't have any BC horses, more importantly, this played out the whole DP meet, the suspension means nothing now.
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
I was being sarcastic.
Greg Jones More than 1 year ago
Also, was wondering what happened to the simple assault charge by the Delaware State Police?
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Go ask Juan !!!
anna villafane More than 1 year ago
Mr. Vazquez is an old school trainer who works wonders with his limited stock. But like everyone else, he needs to abide by the rules. Kudos to him for making Carol Cedeno his go to guy.
Greg Jones More than 1 year ago
Bravo, but, should have been longer and earlier. Also, Vazquez has more vet. scratches then any other trainer in the country and he wins at that clip because he is a good horseman? Please, good riddance Juan.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
And O'Neil gets what, fifteen? Ridiculous!
Rachel More than 1 year ago
O'Neil didnt punch anyone though
Pete Sundar More than 1 year ago
...nope, he didn't punch anyone. All the little angel did was rigged the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. And when NY told him that he can't run in the Belmont with his medicine kit, he put his tail between his legs and scampered all the way to Japan.
riddick More than 1 year ago
rigged? in other words you did not bet his horse. lol!
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Fifteen? :Lashes! ho ho ha ha