Former backstretch employees deliberately released the racehorse from the stables in Belmont Park in July and black-topped the racehorse in retaliation for being fired by a mare trainer, according to Nassau prosecutors. It was dropped and fatally injured.
The Nassau District Attorney’s Office charged Elmont’s Ramzan Antoa, 38, with two thefts, three robbers, interference or injury to certain livestock, and four charges at the Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola on Thursday. The grand jury’s indictment was opened. Criminal mischief, all felony.
He has also been charged with a second harassment and petit theft. Both are misdemeanors.
Antooa I had Previously billed Released at his own discretion, with the risk of robbery and reckless property. If convicted of top count, he faces up to 5 to 15 years in prison.
“The defendant was accused of releasing a young racehorse named Pasta from a stall, and the horse was frightened and hit a black top, where he fell and died painfully,” said Madeline Singus, a district attorney at Nassau. “. “All animals deserve to be treated with care and compassion, and my animal crime unit continues to promise to prosecute this and all our animal crime cases.”
Antooa and his legal attorney declined to comment following his arraignment on Thursday.
Antour worked in the Belmont stables of pasta trainer Christoph Clement, but was fired in November 2019 due to illegal activity, officials said. He later sent Clement some threatening messages, the prosecutor said.
On July 30, Antoa, who worked for another trainer, entered stable number 22 in Belmont and ran a 2-year-old mare pasta worth more than $ 200,000, according to prosecutors.
According to prosecutors, the horse became creepy, ran around the barn, ran outside the black top, slipped to the ground, and caused heavy bleeding. Pasta died shortly thereafter.
Antooa stayed on the scene and was arrested by the Nassau County Police Department.
Clement, who was contacted by phone on Thursday, confirmed that Antoa was not working for him at the time of the incident, but declined to comment otherwise.
According to records, Antooa was initially licensed by the New York State Games Commission to work at the state racetrack in 2007, but was hired by the New York Racing Association, which operates Belmont Park, Suidobashi Racecourse, and Saratoga Race Course. It never happened.
Records show that the New York State Game Rating Suspended Antooa’s license in July. Committee on october 19 Unanimously vote Revoke Antooa’s lifetime license.
At the meeting, the Commission’s secretary-general, Robert Williams, said, “The Inquisitor has ruled out the improper practice that Antore lacks the general character and aptitude to hold a race license. We recommended establishing a breach. “
NYRA spokesman Patrick McKenna said the association “supported and assisted Nassau County and relevant authorities both immediately after the incident in this serious matter and in criminal investigations. The efforts of the Nassau County Police Department and the Nassau County District Attorney. I commend and thank you for bringing the serious accusations contained in today’s indictment. “