*Many kudos to staff writer Janet Patton for helping to gather this info
Jockey Robby Albarado, who was slated to ride Hard Not to Like in the Kentucky Oaks, was arrested at his home in Louisville Friday morning and will be off his mounts Friday, chief state steward Barbara Borden confirmed.
“He’s taken off his mounts today. We found out he had been arrested as his home this morning,” Borden said. “We don’t have any details about what happened. We just know he won’t be here today.”
According to Col. Carl Yates with Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office, Albarado – one of the most noted jockeys in the game and regular rider of such standouts as dual Horse of the Year Curlin – had a fight with a woman in his Aiken Road home on May 1.
“It was an argument, a lot of pushing and shoving,” Yates said.
During this fight, she retreated into a bathroom and Albarado allegedly broke in the door. The woman escaped, drove herself to a local hospital with a shoulder injury. She was treated and released and gave a statement Jefferson County Metro Police.
An emergency protective order was issued against Albarado and a warrant for his arrested was issued at 12:04 a.m. Friday. He was arrested at 13715 Aiken Road at 9:15 a.m.and charged with assault-fourth degree, domestic violence.
Albarado was alone and arrested without incident, Yates said.
He is still in jail, awaiting an unspecified cash bond. Yates said the usual amount would be $25,000 but that none was marked on Albarado’s paperwork.
Yates said that Albarado has had “prior difficulties in this area.”
Last April, Albarado was accused of assaulting his wife Kimber, allegedly grabbing and choking her The charges of assault and wanton endangerment were eventually dropped after Albarado plead guilty to a lesser charge of intimidating a witness.
Borden said the stewards were still “working on the facts” to determine if Albarado would be allowed to ride at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Hard Not to Like will now be ridden in the Oaks by Rafael Bejarano.