Parx Racing calls Guerrero ‘potential threat,’ will not lift ban
Despite criminal charges being dropped against him in an alleged “indecent assault” on a female racetrack employee, the 10-year ban of leading trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero from Parx Racing will not be lifted, according to Frank McDonnell, assistant general counsel for the Bensalem, Pa., racetrack and casino.
“The information we have indicates that Mr. Guerrero is a potential threat to all the women of our backstretch and we will not lift our Ejection of him,” McDonnell said in an email to the Paulick Report. “We believe the District Attorney used improper judgment and reasoning in not presenting the case to a jury, particularly since Mr. Guerrero admitted his conduct to the Bensalem police.”
The alleged incident took place Nov. 16. Parx Racing officials banned Guerrero after the Bensalem Township Police, following an investigation, filed a misdemeanor assault charge against the trainer a month later. The Parx racing office stopped taking entries from Guerrero, effective Dec. 27, but many of the horses he trained have been transferred to the barn of his brother, J. Guadalupe Guerrero. Juan Carlos Guerrero was given stalls at Aqueduct, where he has been permitted to race, according to Daily Racing Form.
On Thursday, the Bucks County district attorney dropped the misdemeanor charge against Guerrero, saying the alleged actions by the married father of two against an unnamed 23-year-old woman did not constitute a criminal act. Guerrero allegedly made an unwelcome advance to the woman, pushing her into an office, kissing her on the lips and then touching her buttocks as she pushed him away.
According to published reports, an appeal of the private property exclusion is scheduled to be heard by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission on Jan. 17 in Harrisburg, Pa.