Apprentice jockey Paulina Ramirez was cruising on the front end in a juvenile maiden claimer Wednesday evening at Delta Downs, when disaster nearly struck. Her mount, St Teresa, seemed to duck and hit the rail, flipping Ramirez off the side of the horse.
Ramirez, whose nickname is Pow!, somehow managed to hang on and lift herself back over St Teresa. While the rider had to give up her winning position, she still managed to finish third.
St Teresa, a 2-year-old Louisiana-bred filly, was making her second career start. Ramirez, whose family is full of jockeys and horsemen in Louisiana and Texas, began her Thoroughbred racing career last November at Delta Downs. In 2019, she has won 65 races from 516 starts with 68 seconds and 75 thirds for earnings of nearly $1.2 million.
Watch Wednesday's incident below and a recent interview with the young rider.
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