Jockey Jorge Urdaneta Taken To Nearby Hospital After Tampa Bay Downs Spill

by | 04.03.2019 | 5:43pm
Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla.

Today's sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla., was declared a “no-contest” after 3-year-old filly Crystaleigh stumbled and fell shortly after the start, throwing jockey Jorge Urdaneta to the turf.

Urdaneta, a 37-year-old rider from Venezuela, was transported from the racetrack to Mease Countryside Hospital in nearby Safety Harbor and remained under observation at press time.

As the rest of the field in the sixth race turned for home approaching the stretch, a siren sounded, warning lights flashed and the track announcer instructed riders to pull up their mounts to avoid Urdaneta, who already was being attended to by emergency medical technicians while in the path of the field.

All wagers on or beginning with the sixth race were refunded, with the exception of the late Pick-5, in which the sixth-race winner was declared to be “all” for wagering purposes.

The sixth-race winner was also declared to be “all” for the Pick-3s beginning with the fourth and fifth races, while Pick-3 wagers on the sixth-through-eighth races were refunded. The Pick-4 beginning with the third race paid out based on “all” winning the sixth race.

The daily double on the fifth and sixth races also paid out based on “all” winning the sixth race.

Crystaleigh, a Florida-bred owned and trained by Martin Paramo, returned to her barn and appeared unhurt after the race.

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