Trainer Juan Vazquez, told by Maryland Jockey Club officials last month he is not welcome to stable or race at their racetracks, is appealing a similar ban in Pennsylvania, according to his attorney, Alan Pincus.
Pincus said Vazquez was notified of his ejection for three years from Penn National race course in Pennsylvania on March 14 and for one year from the Penn National Gaming-owned Charles Town races in West Virginia the following day. On March 16, Pincus said, horses entered by Vazquez were ordered scratched at Parx Racing in Philadelphia.
Vazquez won a stay of the ejections from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission and he is permitted to race at Pennsylvania tracks, pending the upcoming hearing. Vazquez is stabled at Middletown Training Center in Delaware.
“Pennsylvania is doing very well lately in protecting the due process rights of licensees,” said Pincus. “All we ask is that he be given a chance to defend himself against whatever it is the tracks have against him.”
Vazquez and his assistant, Hector Garcia, both were banned from MJC tracks after Garcia was suspended for four positive drug tests while Vazquez was serving a suspension for being the aggressor in a fight with jockey Trevor McCarthy at Delaware Park last June. Garcia was suspended 13 months.
Pincus, who successfully had an ejection of a trainer in Pennsylvania reversed in 2012, said the hearing before the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is scheduled March 31.
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