Arroyo Gets 15 Days From Laurel Park Stewards
Updated: Monday, February 16, 2004 4:26 PM
Posted: Monday, February 16, 2004 4:26 PM
After having reviewed film of the Feb. 12 incident at Laurel Park involving Rogue Agent and Evening Attire in the John B. Campbell Handicap, the Laurel
stewards suspended Norberto Arroyo Jr., rider of Rogue Agent, for 15 days.
Phil Grove, a steward and former jockey, said the suspension was three times the normal penalty for riding infractions. The New York-based Arroyo, whose known for his aggressive style on and off the racetrack, pulled his mount to the inside and whipped him right-handed as Evening Attire tried to slip through a narrow hole along the rail. Evening Attire slammed into the rail and nearly fell.
"We thought it was extremely careless riding," Grove said of Arroyo's tactics.
When asked whether the stewards believed Arroyo had tried to injure Evening Attire or his jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, Grove said: "He got three times the normal amount. That speaks for itself."
Ole Faunty won the race, and Rogue Agent crossed the line second, followed by Evening Attire. After an inquiry following the race, the stewards placed Evening Attire second and disqualified Rogue Agent to third.
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