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Delaware's top trainer arrested after scuffle with jockey

Exercise rider at sunrise.
Exercise rider at sunrise.
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Delaware Park’s leading trainer Juan Vazquez, 37 was arrested and charged with minor assault by State Police following an incident with jockey Trevor McCarthy following the fourth race yesterday. According to Delaware State Racing Commission’s executive director John F. Wayne, McCarthy had just stepped off the scales when the two clashed, although he declined to give further details pending investigation.

"Obviously there was a disagreement of some sort between the two, and a lot of people who saw it said they were surprised," Wayne said.

McCarthy, who is currently 5th in jockey standings at the track, finished 2nd in the race, was two behind in 4th. Earlier in the day, McCarthy won the 1st race aboard House Money after bumping Vazquez trained Winning Player as he was “prompting the pace” at the top of the stretch. Winning Player ended the race dead last in the field of 6.

Although McCarthy was checked out by medical personnel after the scuffle, he was found fit and able to honor two additional rides on the card for the day.

Vazquez, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina won his first trainer title at Delaware Park with 83 winners in 2010, and was crowned top trainer again last year with 61 winners out of 265 starters. Although he had a tough winter trying to replenish his stable with claimers in Florida, he looks forward to another successful season here this year with the 55 horses now in his stable.

Trevor McCarthy, 19, began his career at Laurel Park. He is the son of retired jockey Mike McCarthy, who rode at Delaware Park for 22 years, and was leading rider there for 7 straight years. Aside from his dad, Trevor says he has had a lot of inspiration from watching and learning from other local riders including Carlos Marquez and Jeremy Rose, Rosie Napravnik, Ryan Folgelsonger, Kendrick Carmouche and (recently retired) Tony Black, etc.

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