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 was published on the Sam Houston website and the jockey demanded it be removed. Read more, view photo >>
The Paulick Report states:
Chapa has won with five of seven mounts, with one second and a third-place finish, on the first two programs of the 2015 Sam Houston Race Park meeting. On Friday’s opening night, he rode three horses for Pish, winning twice and finishing second once. One of the winners, Infectious, was a homebred racing for William S. Farish, the former vice chairman of The Jockey Club and owner of Lane’s End Farm.
On Saturday Chapa won races for trainers Steve Asmussen and Karl Broberg, in addition to his victory in the King Stakes for Pish. He finished third with his other mount, also for Pish, who has multiple training titles at the three Texas racetracks: Sam Houston, Lone Star Park and Retama Park. Pish and Chapa have combined for numerous victories together. Read more >>
We find this top comment by Charles Smith to the Paulick Report particularly insightful:
Oh……You mean the same Roman Chapa who was referenced by Scott Blasi, the Scott Blasi associated with the Steve Asmussen barn, the Steve Asmussen who posters at this website think is getting such a raw deal, the guy who the Kentucky commission cleared. Oh yea, he’s a great guy. Steve Asmussen should get in the Horse Racing Hall of Fame the same day Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Mark Mc Guire get in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
• Jockey Roman Chapa Charged with Felony for Alleged Shock Device Use; by Ashley Palmer; Peta.org