LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jockey Robby Albarado was convicted Thursday of assaulting his former girlfriend during a scuffle for his cell phone, the latest setback for the veteran rider who has been embroiled in legal turmoil the last two years.
Albarado, who has won more than 4,300 races, including the 2007 Preakness aboard Curlin, looked on glumly as the Jefferson County District Court jury convicted him of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. The jury recommended he pay a $500 fine but serve no jail time.
But Albarado will be back in court next week for a hearing on whether he violated terms of his conditional release in a prior assault case.
"This sends the message that domestic violence is taken seriously by this community ... and this kind of behavior carries with it a penalty," Bill Patteson, a spokesman for the county attorney's office, said after Thursday's verdict.
Albarado and his attorney, David Lambertus, declined comment as they walked past news cameras.
The trial started earlier this week and included tearful testimony from Albarado's ex-girlfriend, Carolina Martinez.
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