Five-Horse Wreck At Charles Town Sends Two Jockeys To The Hospital

by | 09.16.2017 | 12:31am
Jockey Ramon Maldonado

Friday evening's sixth race at Charles Town saw five of the 10-horse field involved in a wreck that sent two jockeys to the hospital. In the 6 1/2-furlong, $5,000 claiming race, Majestic Cat stumbled and fell at the eighth pole, unseating jockey Ramon Maldonado. Maldonado, a 46-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, had to be transported to a local hospital, according to Charles Town's Twitter account.

Masons Dream, Nolan's Cross, and Vasten fell over top of Majestic Cat, and Bullet Bobby stumbled and had to be pulled up sharply. The jockey of Nolan's Cross, Victor Rodriguez, went to the hospital under his own volition. The other jockeys involved in the spill, each of whom walked off the track on their own power, were Carlos Delgado, Luis Rodriguez, and Carlos Castro.

All five horses were reported to have walked off the track on their own power, but the Equibase chart reported that Bullet Bobby later had to be euthanized.

The Daily Racing Form reported that Maldonado was stepped on during the wreck, but was released from the hospital Friday night and is expected to ride on Saturday. Rodriguez was also released, though minor neck pain will keep him off mounts on Satuday.

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