Meanwhile in … Oklahoma

Horse Racing Roman Chapa buzzer
Photographic evidence: Roman Chapa was banned for five years for using a buzzer.
Photo: Coady Photography via Paulick Report

Disgraced jockey told to buzz off as he tries for new licence

USA: A disgraced jockey in the US has failed in his attempt to secure a licence to pick up his career again in the state of Oklahoma.

Roman Chapa, who has a catalogue of offences to his name, has completed a five-year disqualification for using a buzzer, an illegal electrical device (also known as a ‘battery’), in a race at Sam Houston Park in 2015. Stewards in Sam Houston were alerted by racetrack photographers.

In a subsequent criminal inquiry into the case he was ordered to spend ten years on community service probation.

According to details disclosed by The Paulick Report, Oklahoma stewards denied Chapa’s application because his record of 50 rule breaches since 1994, including three involving illegal devices, had been “unsportsmanlike and detrimental to the best interest of horse racing”.

“In each instance the health, safety and welfare of the betting public along with other jockeys and horses in the race were put in jeopardy,” the ruling stated.

“Chapa’s past history is valid grounds or reason for the Board of Stewards to deny him an Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission occupation license as a jockey.”

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