A Jefferson County, Ky., jury has found jockey Robby Albarado guilty
of fourth-degree wanton assault of a former girlfriend in a high-profile
domestic violence case that occurred Kentucky Derby week.
Albarado was accused of assaulting Carolina Martinez in late April,
and arrested May 4, the day he was to ride at Churchill Downs in the
Kentucky Oaks, among other races. He was suspended by the Kentucky Horse
Racing Commission shortly thereafter, but after obtaining a court
order, was he able to resume riding, doing so at Arlington Park in June.
Beyond the $500 fine the jury recommended for the assault, the
conviction could place Albarado in further legal troubles, and
jeopardize his riding career.