Five-year suspension, $25,000 fine for jockey’s use of “buzzer”

Justice! Finally, but only because he was caught. So many are not.

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Electrical devices like this one used to stimulate horses are prohibited in racing. PHOTO CREDIT: PAULICK REPORT
Electrical devices like this one used to stimulate horses are prohibited in racing.

The Blood-Horse reports:

The Texas Racing Commission has suspended jockey Roman Chapa five years and fined him $25,000 after stewards determined he carried an electrical shocking device while riding Quiet Acceleration to victory in a stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.

The suspension is a result of a Feb. 27 stewards’ hearing at which Chapa, 43, was represented by attorneys Paul Vick and Angus McGinty. Chapa has until Thursday, March 5, to appeal and TRC executive director Chuck Trout has the discretion to increase the fine up to $100,000.

The stewards ruled that Chapa violated four rules or racing: possession of contraband, influence of race prohibited, unlawful influence on racing, and inhumane treatment of horse or Greyhound.

Scrutiny of Chapa emerged after a photograph showing the apparent shock device in Chapa’s hand…

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