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LKF
Aug. 18, 2009, 12:18 PM
Arroyo held on cocaine charges
By David Grening
Jockey Norberto Arroyo may have just wasted his last chance at a riding career.
Arroyo, 33, was arrested early Sunday morning after being found to be in possession of approximately 12 grams of cocaine during a routine traffic stop a few blocks from Saratoga Racecourse. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, both felonies. As of Monday morning, he remained in jail pending a bail payment of $25,000.
Arroyo was summarily suspended by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, meaning he will not be permitted on the grounds of a New York track until he meets with the board. The board has set a hearing for Arroyo at its Schenectady office on Friday. The board could strip his license or issue other disciplinary action.
Arroyo, who was named on seven horses at Saratoga Monday, had been riding on a conditional license since late June after returning from an absence of six months after he failed a drug test issued by the New Jersey Racing Commission.
Arroyo's career has been full of pitfalls, including a 39-day stint in jail after being convicted on assault charges in 2002. Arroyo also had a run-in with a livery cab driver in the Bronx in 2001.
In his apprentice year of 2000, Arroyo was the leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit with 188 victories. He was runner-up to Tyler Baze for the Eclipse Award as leading apprentice.
Arroyo has 992 career victories.

lily04
Aug. 18, 2009, 01:12 PM
Another P-Val

Mara
Aug. 18, 2009, 02:46 PM
Another P-Val

Then by that logic (not saying it's wrong at all), Arroyo will get 5 or 6 more chances.

DickHertz
Aug. 18, 2009, 02:59 PM
This is horse racing. They've let jockeys who have admitted to race fixing back in the game. I'm sure a little coke isn't going to keep him out of the Sport of Crooks.

lily04
Aug. 18, 2009, 03:11 PM
Then by that logic (not saying it's wrong at all), Arroyo will get 5 or 6 more chances.

Probably.

Lady Counselor
Aug. 18, 2009, 03:23 PM
It's a shame that anyone gets involved in using coke, especially riders who have a chance of making a good life for themselves. Hope that he wakes up and maybe takes control of his life now before it all goes down the toilet.

kcmel
Aug. 18, 2009, 05:05 PM
A shame but not surprising. I'm sure it helps with keeping the weight off.

MintHillFarm
Aug. 18, 2009, 08:45 PM
Sadly this is likely the end of his career.

From The Blood Horse: "He faces two felony charges, which according to New York drug law classifications could carry sentences of 15 to 25 years in prison."

What a shame...