California Stewards’ Log: Trainer ‘Lost His Cool’ In Barn Area, Tried To Choke Jockey

by | 01.07.2019 | 7:03pm

On Monday, The California Horse Racing Board released the stewards' rulings for the December race meeting at Los Alamitos reports The list of eight Thoroughbred rulings from that time period includes several unusual incidents.

  • Trainer Edin Walther Solis was fined $500 for disorderly conduct on Dec. 16. Solis allegedly tried to choke jockey John Jude in the barn area at San Luis Rey Downs: “Solis explained that the pair had a 'history' and that while there was some physical contact, he downplayed the choke. Jude confirmed the pair had a 'history' and said the choke was serious lasting for a few seconds. Solis apologized and said he just 'lost his cool.' Solis must be evaluated by the Winners Foundation for anger management issues.”
  • Apprentice Heriberto Figueroa was fined $100 for being late to the paddock on Dec. 7, claiming he didn't hear the warning bell.
  • Jockey Matt Garcia received a seven-day suspension for weighing in more than one pound under his assigned weight on Sept. 14 and 15. Per the LA Times, Garcia claims to have weighed out with a wet chamois and girth channel, but those items were not present when he weighed back in. Clerk of Scales Matt Nichols said those items were not permitted at weight out.
  • Owner Michael Martin paid an outstanding debut of $2,016 to the Equine Medical Surgical Group and was restored to good standing.
  • Exercise rider Juan Oscar Ruiz was handed a $100 fine for galloping his horse on the track while the emergency lights were on.


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