Trainer Juan Vazquez and jockey Trevor McCarthy appeared before the Delaware Racing Commission stewards this morning for a hearing that lasted approximately 45 minutes. The subject of the hearing: their Monday afternoon fight.
The two men tussled immediately following the running of Monday’s fourth race at Delaware. Delaware State Police arrested Vazquez following the alteraction and charged him with assault.
At today’s hearing, “several witnesses” presented testimony, according to an email from Delaware Racing Commission executive director John Wayne. He also indicated that the stewards considered the matter “serious.”
In 2013, Vazquez received a 30-day suspension — which was stayed pending good behavior — from the Maryland Racing Commission for being the aggressor in a fight at the Bowie Training Center.
Also in 2013, Vazquez served a 21-day suspension in Delaware for “the positive test for Boldenone of horses under his care.” Those violations — Boldenone is an anabolic steroid — actually occurred in 2012, but Vazquez served his days in 2013.
Through Thursday, Vazquez leads all trainers at Delaware with 14 wins, while McCarthy is fifth among jockeys with nine.