Hearing set on Laurel fight

March 06, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

LAUREL -- The Laurel stewards are holding a hearing at 11 a.m. today to learn the details of a fight that broke out in the parking lot before yesterday's first race between trainer and ex-jockey Vince Bracciale Jr. and jockey Mark Johnston.

Bracciale, who climbed into his pickup after the fight, said, "Someone gave me a lot of crap and I had to beat him up."

That someone was the 21-year-old jockey. An eyewitness said Bracciale had pinned Johnston to the ground and beat his head on the pavement.

Bobby Suggs, Johnston's agent, said Johnston eventually got free and ran to the track first-aid room. Johnston's jaw was swollen. Suggs took him to the Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital, where Johnston was treated and released. He canceled his mounts on yesterday's card.

"There are no fractures, and he should ride today," Suggs said.

No charges have been filed in the case. Johnston, who lives next door to Bracciale in Woodstock, dates one of the trainer's daughters, Suggs said.

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