03/26/2015 9:44AM

West Virginia jockey charged with attempted murder

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Sylvester Carmouche III, a rider with a spotty race record over the past several years, was arrested on Wednesday by West Virginia police and charged with attempted murder, arson, and cruelty to animals after allegedly setting fire to his girlfriend’s house when she and her children were inside.

No one was injured in the late-night Tuesday incident, which was set in the house’s basement. According to local police, the woman, her three children, and their dog were displaced by the fire.

According to the reports, the woman said Carmouche allegedly started the fire after an argument at the house. Carmouche was arrested on Tuesday night not far from the home in Mercury Village.

Carmouche has had two mounts this year, both at Mountaineer Racetrack, and had only 26 mounts in 2014, all of them without a win. During a five-year string from 2006-2010, his mounts won more than $1 million each year.

Carmouche is the son of Sylvester Carmouche Jr., who received a 10-year ban for an infamous racing incident in 1990 in which he hid his horse in a fog bank shortly after the start of a one-mile race at Delta Downs in Louisiana. He restarted the horse as the other horses in the race approached the stretch, and won by 24 lengths.

Stubby Stockton More than 1 year ago
The track paid off on the fog race wagers, I ran a horse that ran 3rd & it was 3 months before purse was released
philcoforde More than 1 year ago
Anecdote was a revelation
jaybern1 More than 1 year ago
Maybe he was cold.
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
what sick institution did you come from?
jaybern1 More than 1 year ago
Relax, you right wing nut.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
He must have been drunk, and ticked off. Too bad men get so worked up over women. It's not worth it. Just bet horses dude.
Dennis Fisher More than 1 year ago
Wow disguisting, much has been hidden under the carpets of the high authorities of horse racing, simply refer to the late Michael Baze true story, who died of a well organized drug over dose on the backside of Churchill Downs H/Q. Obviously, this was done to protect their painted two faces, known as their face value, in other words, they had to secretly eliminate, the late Michael Baze, because the High authorities were his and many other horseman secret suppliers, with mainline drugs, in other words it was done to protect Churchill Downs graven Image of them being holy than thou, the Home of the Kentucky Derby. In all fairness, all was well covered up, but once again this disgusting behavior by the Elite Blue Blood Breeders of Horse Racing, has many secret doors to it , remember horse racing world wide is the biggest daily cash flow industry simply refer to conspiredcorruption.wordpress.com
nick More than 1 year ago
You are one sick IT guy with WAY to much time on your hands.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
if you have REAL evidence..which of course you do not,,,,why have you not given it to the authorities
Maynard Runkle More than 1 year ago
It was kind of mean of the police to charge him with cruelty to animals (plural) when there was only one dog in the house.
Dennis Fisher More than 1 year ago
obviously there was more to this, than to what the human eye could see or intellect understand Maynard
William Sumner More than 1 year ago
Is Kendrick Carmouche a relative?
Bob More than 1 year ago
Another stellar example of racing finest citizenry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And here I thought the Carmouches were sons of the manor borne. If the manor was a trailer, it would appear true.
JOE More than 1 year ago
incredible stuff baby.What a character.