LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - Derby winning Jockey Robby Albarado went before the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission who suspended him after he was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend. It's Albarado's second arrest in the last year so he was already riding under conditions that he not get in trouble again.
Robby Albarado wanted to tell the group, who decides whether or not he can continue riding in Kentucky, everything about his fourth degree assault charge so they could clear his name and allow him to get back on the track.
"I can only say the truth here today and you say it can hurt me in my criminal case, but it can't. It can only set me free so any questions you have for me, I feel like it would only be the truth," Albarado told the group.
His attorney said no because he is scheduled to go before a jury in July on those charges. However, she says he can't go that long suspended from racing. "He is the sole breadwinner for his family. His soon to be ex spouse does not have any form of employment and to ask him to go two plus months without any funding or unemployment is unreasonable and unfair considering he hasn't even been found guilty at this point," says Mindy Coleman with the Jockey's Guild.
Without being able to hear what Albarado wanted to say, the committee says they could only base a decision on his girlfriend's account of what happened May 1 and that would be unfair. Court documents show she went to his home to end their relationship, found out he was cheating and the two started to fight. She ended up with a dislocated shoulder and bruises that put her in the hospital.
Coleman agrees that is only one side. "We truly believe that once the case is heard by a jury trial that he is going to be exonerated by these charges."
A committee member told us Wednesday evening that the committee voted to continue his case until resolution of his criminal case. His suspension will remain in place until he appears before the License Review Committee.