Jockey Roman Chapa faces charge of unlawful influence on racing


A Texas jockey has been suspended during a criminal inquiry into his victory in the $50,000 Richard King Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.

Texas Racing Commission documents Tuesday indicated Roman Chapa’s jockey license was suspended amid a review of the Jan. 17 race in Houston. KPRC-TV reports court records show Chapa has been charged with unlawful influence on racing. He won riding Quiet Acceleration.

The Daily Racing Form reported Chapa is accused of using an electrical device in the Jan. 17 race. Chapa has previously served a five-year suspension for using an electrical device in a quarter horse race and a nine-month suspension for using a nail, the DRF reported.

Park President Andrea Young says Sam Houston Race Park is cooperating with the investigation.

An agent for Chapa didn’t immediately return a message Tuesday. A phone number for the horse’s owner went unanswered Tuesday.

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