Jockey Accused of Zapping Horse Near Finish Line

Written by  on March 27, 2015 

We will continue to support this investigation in every way possible,” Young said.

If he is convicted, Chapa faces up to 10 years in prison.

“It doesn’t really hurt the horse,” Abrams said. Buzzers are used to send an electrical shock to the horse.

Abrams said incidents like this were not common.

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Prosecutors now allege that the photo showed Chapa, 43, holding a buzzer in his left hand.  In 2007, he was suspended for using an electrical device on a horse. He reportedly asked that the image be taken down, raising suspicions.

Chapa’s track record is questionable. “It more gets his attention. It’s just meant to kind of startle him.”. … 17  race riding Quiet Acceleration at the Sam Houston Race Park in Texas, a snapshot of the photo finish circulated. And in 1994, he was suspended for using a nail to make a horse run faster.

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Andrea Young, president of the Sam Houston Race Park, said in a statement that the park was “pleased” with how fast the investigation had moved.

“Just about all the tracks these days have stewards positioned all over the rack track — both with their own eyes and with cameras everywhere — so it’s very difficult nowadays to execute such a thing effectively,” he said.

Investigators said the jockey told them that the picture was photoshopped by someone trying to frame him.

Barry Abrams of ESPN’s “In the Gate” said the alleged device was intended to startle the horse and make him run faster.

Jockey Roman Chapa is facing a felony charge of unlawful influence on racing based largely on a photograph taken during a race earlier this month.

ABC News’ Ryan Owens, Matt German and Shahriar Rahmanzadeh contributed to this story.

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“These sorts of actions have no place in horse racing, and are a disservice to the tens of thousands of people involved in our sport who play by the rules every day

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