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Warrant: Jockey used electronic device on horse

Created: 09/03/2014 12:10 PM
By: The Associated Press

RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. (AP) - A jockey is facing charges in New Mexico after authorities say he used an electronic device to make his racing horse run faster.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports Raul Valenzuela was arrested this week after racing commission agents say Valenzuela use the device last month while riding a horse named One Slick Cartel.

The warrant says an agent lifted the riding pad and recovered an electrical shocking device known as a "machine." Officials say the device is used to stimulate horses during a race.

Ruidoso Downs Board of Stewards later suspended Valenzuela.

His attorney, John Mac Hayes, told the El Paso Times that Valenzuela had won an injunction and was allowed to ride in Monday's All American Futurity. He was arrested before the race.

Valenzuela faces charges of affecting the speed or stamina of a racehorse and tampering with evidence.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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