Arroyo on a Rollercoaster Return to Riding
Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. is encountering ups and downs on his return to riding following a year spent in prison for cocaine possession, according to a report in the Blood-Horse.
Arroyo returned to the saddle in December on a conditional license granted by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, and notched his 1,000th win on December 8 at Turfway Park. He also finished the Turfway season as the track’s leading rider.
In addition to his successes however, he has garnered negative attention from officials for his aggressive riding style, accumulating 15 days’ worth of suspensions, earned on five different occasions since the start of 2013. The most recent was a suspension handed down on May 27. Nelson Arroyo, brother and agent to Norberto, said that Kentucky officials are unaccustomed to the rider’s style, which is more typical on the New York circuit.
“He learned from Angel Cordero, who was a technical and aggressive jockey,” said Nelson. “A jockey does not always get on the best horse, but he is on the second-, third-, or fourth-best horse in a race and you have to beat the best horse in the race.”
Nelson Arroyo noted that officials had said they would not up the number of days for future suspensions based on the jockey’s record so far.
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