Jockey Arrested on Assault Charge

May 4, 2012

Jockey Robby Albarado lost his ride in the Kentucky Oaks, after being arrested on an assault charge this morning. Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman Carl Yates says Albarado was arrested at a local residence, several hours before he was slated to ride "Hard Not to Like" in the Oaks.

Officials say Albarado was charged with fourth degree assault in an alleged case of domestic violence. Yates says the jockey was booked into the local jail.

A spokesman for Churchill Downs says Albarado was scratched from all eight of his scheduled rides today. The jockey was charged last year with assaulting his wife. According to the Courier-Journal, charges of domestic assault and wanton endangerment were dismissed in that case and he pleaded guilty to interfering with a witness.