- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. (AP) - A jockey was arrested Monday before a Ruidoso Downs race and is facing charges in New Mexico after authorities say he used an electronic device to make his racing horse run faster.

Raul Valenzuela was pulled off his horse before the All American Futurity after racing commission agents say Valenzuela use the device last month while riding a horse named One Slick Cartel, the Ruidoso News reports (https://goo.gl/kC44fj).

The warrant, which was served in conjunction with the New Mexico Racing Commission, said an agent spotted Valenzuela on Aug. 16 placing an object from his right hand under a riding pad, and another agent found the device by lifting up the riding pad.

Officials say the device, known as a “machine,” is used to stimulate horses during a race.

Another racing commission agent searched Valenzuela’s area and found additional batteries, a red plastic cover used to stop the device from creating a buzzing sound and a roll of brown elastic tape matching the tape wrapped around the device.

The 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 before he was arrested.

According to online court records, Valenzuela faces charges of affecting the speed or stamina of a racehorse and tampering with evidence.

Hayes did not immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

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