Jockey arraigned on assault charges

Robby Albarado (Source: LMDC)
Robby Albarado (Source: LMDC)
Scott Barton
Scott Barton

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – With his attorney standing before the judge on his behalf, jockey Robby Albarado was arraigned Tuesday on charges he beat his girlfriend so badly she ended up in the hospital. Albarado, who was arrested on the morning of May 4 – the day of Kentucky Oaks 138, has been suspended from racing.

In a domestic violence petition, Albarado's girlfriend details what happened at his Louisville home on May 1 and asked that for her safety and the safety of her family that Albarado stay away from her. Acting for his client, Scott Barton, Albarado's attorney, pled not guilty in court and agreed to a no contact order between Albarado and his girlfriend.

Only WAVE 3's camera was rolling when Albarado was taken to jail on Oaks Day when he was scheduled to be riding at Churchill Downs. It was a day after court documents show that his girlfriend drove herself to the hospital with a dislocated collar bone and bruises.

"I think ultimately everything is going to be fine, but at present he's not racing right now," said Barton. "That's his livelihood. He's absolutely concerned about that."

Albarado's girlfriend told the court she went to Albarado's home on Aiken Road to end their one year relationship when she found out he was cheating. In the court documents, the woman said the argument started when she tried to borrow Albarado's phone. She claims went Albarado went after her she hid in the bathroom, but said Albarado kicked in the door and the two wrestled over the phone. The woman claims there was alcohol on his breath. Albarado's attorney says that's only one side.

"You hear rumors out there and nobody knows the whole story and we'll wait until July 18 and we'll give that whole story," Barton said.

The July 18 date is when Albarado is now scheduled to go to trial for the fourth degree assault charges. Barton said Albarado also has a hearing in front of the racing stewards to determine his future as a jockey.

This arrest is not Albarado's first. He was picked up on March 31, 2011 for allegedly assaulting his wife. The protective order was eventually dropped.

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