Jockey Martin Pedroza has been suspended for 15 days and fined $500, a result of his physical altercation with a jockey's room valet on Dec. 29 at Santa Anita Park. The valet, Maximo Corrales, and Pedroza had a disagreement, reports bloodhorse.com, and Pedroza requested that Corrales no longer saddle his horses before the races.
“The fight was broken up, and as Corrales was walking away, he was struck in the head with a helmet, was attended to by paramedics, and transported to the hospital,” said steward Grant Baker. “Pedroza also went to the hospital for examination.”
The blow to the head reportedly “knocked out” Corrales. The valet and licensed exercise rider has been prohibited from serving as a valet for the next year, though he will still be allowed to work horses in the mornings.
Read more at bloodhorse.com.
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