Four years after jockey Angel Suarez made a few of the more bizarre headlines in racing history, The Racing Biz reports he is back riding races in Pennsylvania and “making the most of his second chance.”
In 2014, Suarez faced criminal charges after he broke into two apartments in Bensalem, Penn. under the influence of an unknown substance. Though Suarez does not remember the night, he was spotted half-naked, climbing the second story balcony of a woman's apartment. He seized her dog and exited, leaping off the balcony. He then broke into another unit, where he was shot twice by a man babysitting a toddler.
Suarez underwent surgery for damage to his liver and pancreas, and was in a medically-induced coma for a week.
The former top apprentice was granted permission from his parole officer to ride at Oaklawn Park, where he was granted an exercise riding license. The stewards at Oaklawn ultimately awarded him a jockey's license, and he has since returned to Pennsylvania. He is now winning 20 percent of his races, and finishing in the money 52 percent of the time.
“There are a lot of people out there who are only looking out for themselves,” he told Doug McCoy. “You have to learn who you're real friends are. It's been my true friends and family that's helped me pull through this. I've been lucky enough to be given a second chance in life and I'm trying to make the most of that chance.”
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