Assistant Starter At Zia Park Suspended For Possession Of Electrical Device

According to a recent ruling posted on the Association of Racing Commissioners International website, Zia Park assistant starter Jamie Aldavaz, Jr. has been summarily suspended by the New Mexico Racing Commission after the discovery of an electrical device in his possession.

Assistant starters work on the starting gate, loading horses and holding their heads straight prior to the start of a race.

A search was conducted by the Lea County Drug Enforcement Agency, and Aldavaz was also cited for “disruptive behavior interfering with the orderly conduct of this race meet prior to the start of the races at Zia Park on Dec. 22, 2020.”

Stewards will hold a hearing with Aldavaz via teleconference on Dec. 30, per 15.2.1.9(B)(3)(a) Summary Suspension, which states in pertinent part, “If the Stewards determine that a licensee’s action constitute an immediate danger to the public health, safety, or welfare, the Stewards may summarily suspend the licensee pending a hearing.”

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