Not a good start to Derby weekend for jockey Robby Albarado.
BREAKING: Jockey Robby Albarado arrested, according to Acting Chief State Steward Barbara Borden. He’s off today’s mounts. #KyOaks
— Gregory Hall (@gregoryahall) May 4, 2012
Albarado was slated to ride Hard Not To Like in today’s Kentucky Oaks. He did not have a mount in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby but was slated to ride some horses on the undercard, including Sassy Image in the G1-Humana Distaff (race 9).
Robby Albarado is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, and was the jockey for two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. Curlin won the 2007 Preakness and Breeders’ Cup Classic, and lost by a head to Rags to Riches in the Belmont Stakes.
This is the second year in a row that Albarado has suffered through a bad Derby weekend. In 2011, Albarado was slated to ride Animal Kingdom until he fell during a race and was replaced by John Velazquez. Albarado felt he was fit to ride in the Derby, but the connections decided not to take a chance and made the change to Velazquez. Animal Kingdom went on to win the Derby.
According to Gregory Hall of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Albarado was arrested for fourth-degree assault and domestic violence.