Jockey, two coaches summarily suspended at Parx

Track searches last week in Pennsylvania yielded three individuals of Parx Racing being summarily suspended, according to a press release from the Organization of Racing Investigators and Rulings on the Pennsylvania Racing Commission website.

A September 23 ruling said jockey Edwin Rivera was found in possession of two electrical devices. Pennsylvania rules state that it is illegal and a violation to possess or control a shocking device.

The decision further stated that in addition to any penalty imposed by Parx Racing stewards, the matter may be referred by the commission to law enforcement for criminal prosecution.

Additionally, coaches Miguel Penaloza and Cesareo Marquez were disciplined in Friday’s rulings for possession of loaded needles and syringes found in their tack rooms. Only veterinarians may possess hypodermic needles and/or syringes on racetrack grounds, in the absence of a licensee who obtains approval for such use to treat a human medical condition.

Suspended individuals are currently being denied access privileges under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission. They have the right to appeal.

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The statement said the three people summarily suspended had or were due to have initial hearings before the stewards earlier this week.

Race Investigators Organization specialists from Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Arizona, Florida and Kentucky were on hand at Pennsylvania tracks for the searches along with Jason Klouser, director of enforcement for the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission law, according to the release.

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