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Jockey Albarado pleads not guilty

  |   May 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 8 (UPI) -- Jockey Robby Albarado pleaded not guilty to domestic violence in a Kentucky court Tuesday and his attorney said he's confident the jockey will be exonerated.

Albarado didn't attend an arraignment in Jefferson District Court and was not required to do so because he faces a misdemeanor charge, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal reported.

A jury trial is scheduled for July 18.

"I think once the facts come out, everyone will see that he is absolutely not guilty of these charges," Albarado's lawyer, Scott Barton, said after the hearing.

After his arrest on the domestic violence charge Friday, Albarado lost his Kentucky Oaks and Derby Day mounts.

Albarado won't be able to ride again until he appears before the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's license review committee, which is scheduled to meet May 16.

The jockey had been arrested last year in an alleged domestic abuse case involving his wife, and an agreement with the racing commission said he had to meet conditions, including that he not be arrested, to continue riding.

Albarado was arrested Friday at his home on a warrant alleging fourth-degree assault, domestic violence.

Carolina C. Martinez said in a petition she had been trying to end a relationship with Albarado after she found out he had cheated on her. She said she told him she would pack her belongings and asked to use his cellphone to call her family and that he yelled for her to return the phone.

After she went into a bathroom, she said, he pushed his way in and they began to wrestle over the phone.

Martinez said in the petition she left the home and went to a hospital after bruises had become more visible. The petition said an X-ray showed she had a shoulder separation, a dislocated right collarbone and possibly torn ligaments and the hospital suggested she call police.

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