Kentucky Oaks Jockey Robby Albarado Arrested For Assault

By: Chris Richardson - May 4, 2012

Tomorrow is the first Saturday in May, and in the state of Kentucky, that only means one thing: The Kentucky Derby. While the race itself takes front and center, the entire weekend–Friday included–is devoted to all things horses, racing, mint juleps, and hats, which makes the news of jockey Robby Albarado’s arrest something of a trending topic.

The jockey was arrested in Louisville for fourth-degree assault.

One of the preliminary races, the Kentucky Oaks, while not as well known as the Derby, has a nice following, especially with horse enthusiasts. While Albarado was not scheduled to race in tomorrow’s centerpiece event, he was scheduled to race in today’s big race, something that clearly won’t be happening.

Thanks to the his active Twitter account, those who were interested in the Albarado story were kept abreast by Louisville Courier-Journal equine reporter, Gregory Hall. Hall’s informative tweets demonstrate why print media has become a luxury, as opposed to a necessity. His Twitter timeline reads both like a police blotter and a reactionary piece:

RT @courierjournal: Jockey Robby Albarado arrersted, won’t ride in Kentucky Oaks #kyoaks 1 hour ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Trainer Steve Margolis says John Velazquez will ride Bouquet Booth in R5. Albarado had been named to ride. #KyOaks(image) 1 hour ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Margolis says he’s “surprised and disappointed” re: Albarado. “He really seemed to be in a really happy place.” #KyOaks #Albarado(image) 1 hour ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Charges for #Albarado are fourth-degree assault, domestic violence, the sheriff’s spokesman said. 1 hour ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

It should also be noted, Albarado was arrested in 2011 for assaulting his wife. No word if this is a repeat offense, although, considering he was arrested at his home, it’s easy to guess where the speculation lies.

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