Lawyers: Jockey Makes Deal in Race-Fixing Case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Lawyers say a Florida jockey charged in Detroit with conspiring to fix horse races plans to plead guilty.

Lookin At Lucky, second from left, ridden by Martin Garcia, wins the Preakness ahead of First Dude, second from right.

DETROIT (AP) -- Lawyers say a Florida jockey charged in Detroit with conspiring to fix horse races plans to plead guilty.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Morris in Detroit says he has a plea deal with Ricardo Valdes of Ocala, Fla. Defense lawyer Brian Russell acknowledged it while participating in a court hearing by telephone Wednesday.

Valdes was charged last year with conspiring with two Detroit-area businessmen to influence the outcome of some horse races, including races at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida and Delaware Downs in Delaware in 2005 and 2006. The races were simulcast at Michigan tracks.

There was no indication when Valdes will appear in Detroit federal court to plead guilty.


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