Details Emerge In Attempted Murder Charge Against Jockey C.J. McMahon

Jockey Charles J. (C.J.) McMahon, 26, was arrested by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana on Jan. 2 and charged with attempted murder in the second degree, illegal use of weapons, and possession of schedule 1 drugs.

Bond, set at $80,000, was posted on Sunday, and McMahon was released.

According to the Thoroughbred Daily News, details of the case were confirmed Tuesday afternoon by Wayne Griffin, a spokesperson for the Lafayette Police Department.

“[McMahon] was allegedly involved in an incident where a vehicle was parked at a red light. He pulled up in his own vehicle next to the car. He shot into the car. And then he sped off,” Griffin told the TDN. “We were able to locate the vehicle through some investigative means and [by using traffic cameras]. And in turn we were able to locate him and make an arrest.”

The alleged incident is reported to have occurred on Dec. 27. No individuals were injured during the shooting, Griffin said.

The son of a Quarter Horse jockey and grandson of a trainer, McMahon began riding horses at an early age and took out his apprentice jockey’s license at 16, recording his first win at Evangeline Downs in 2011.

Previously a leading rider at Lone Star Park and Delta Downs, McMahon is coming off his least productive year since 2014, winning 47 races from 391 mounts that earned $1,147,087. He enjoyed his best years in 2015 and ’16, winning 219 races in 2015 (ranking 11th nationally) and compiling mount earnings of $4,989,625 the following year. McMahon has won three graded stakes: the 2016 Texas Mile Stakes (G3) with Great Minds and the Super Derby (G3) and Oklahoma Derby (G3) with Texas Chrome in 2016.

McMahon was suspended by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for 30 days in 2017 for reportedly testing positive for methamphetamine and THC.

Most recently he rode the Delta Downs meet in Vinson, La., where he won with two of 41 mounts, his last appearance there on Dec. 28. He was named to ride the Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 programs at Sam Houston Race Park in Texas.

The TDN reports that McMahon’s jockey license remains in good standing in Texas, but he may not be allowed to ride at Sam Houston.

“The thing with McMahon is his license remains in good standing with us,” Robert Elrod, the public information officer for the Texas Racing Commission, told the TDN. “But my understanding is Sam Houston is not going to let him ride. That’s their call. As long as he doesn’t have a conviction, he’s afforded due process.”

Sam Houston officials did not return requests for comment.

McMahon has 1,046 career victories from 6,734 races for mount earnings of $22,682,202, according to Equibase.

Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News.

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