Jorge Navarro, leading Monmouth Park trainer each of the last five years, and owner Randal Gindi, whose Monster Racing Stable was the New Jersey track's third leading owner in 2017, have each been fined $5,000 by Monmouth Park stewards for “conduct detrimental to racing.”
The fines stem from an Aug. 4 incident at Monmouth Park, captured on video by a patron in the clubhouse teletheater and posted on YouTube, as Gindal and Navarro celebrated a victory at Gulfstream Park by Sir Sebastian, a horse trained by the trainer's brother, Marcial Navarro.
“Adios, amigos. Adios, amigos,” Gindi is heard saying in the video. “The juice man!”
Navarro responds: “Is that a Navarro? Is that a Navarro? Is that a Navarro at 2-1? That's the way we do it.”
“That's the juice. That's the vegetable juice,” replies Gindi.
“We f – – k everyone,” says Navarro.
“We f – – k everyone, and I line my pockets with the bookie with another twenty thousand,” said Gindi. “Oh, yeah! Life is great.”
The New Jersey Racing Commission was notified of the video, said to be taken by a patron who had had a previous run-in with Gindi. A formal hearing was conducted on Sept. 6 in which stewards listened to testimony, reviewed the video and considered all the evidence presented to them.
“The stewards believe the conduct exhibited (by Navarro and Gindi) is extremely detrimental to racing and that a larger fine is warranted,” the ruling states, adding that the maximum penalty the stewards may impose is $5,000.
The stewards have referred the matter to the racing commission with a recommendation that Gindi be fined $20,000 and Navarro $10,000. The New Jersey Racing Commission is scheduled to meet Sept. 20 and the matter of Navarro and Gindi is on the agenda.
“Everyone wants to pick on Navarro when I win a race,” Jorge Navarro told the Paulick Report. “They call me the ‘juice man,' even when my kids are around. My son is 10, my daughter is 7. How many fingers do you have to count the number of times I hear that stuff? But I'm going to keep winning races.”
Navarro said neither he nor Gindi bet with bookmakers and said of Gindi: “He's one of my best owners and he is passionate about it. He had a punk approach with that guy. He was very wrong for saying that. We are professionals. We should not say that.”
Navarro won 65 races from 158 starters at Monmouth Park in 2017, eclipsing his own previous record of 59 wins in 2016. Gindi's Monster Racing Stable won 10 races, with three seconds and three thirds from 19 starters during the just-completed meet.
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