Jockey tells police of alleged attack
September 15, 2009
Jockey Eddie Perez spent close to 90 minutes at the Arlington Heights Police station on Monday to initiate a formal investigation into an alleged attack on him by fellow rider Chris Emigh after Sunday's first race at Arlington Park. Emigh was reportedly angry after he and his mount Friendly Face were bumped by Perez and 4-5 favorite Bellerive at the top of the stretch in the maiden claiming route. Perez won the race but was disqualified and placed sixth.
The attack allegedly took place moments later in the jockeys room. Emigh allegedly punched Perez in the face and threw objects at him. Perez immediately left the track and was treated for cuts, scrapes and bruises at a nearby medical center. He received stitches to stem bleeding from his mouth. Perez took off all remaining mounts Sunday and may not be physically able to ride Thursday.
While Perez hopes to sign a criminal complaint against Emigh, AHPD spokesman Doug Hajek said: ''The complainant alleges there were close to 20 witnesses to the attack. Our next step will be to have an investigator speak to the alleged assailant and then, if warranted, begin interviews with witnesses.''
Emigh did not return a phone call Monday seeking comment on the allegation.