Veteran jockey Rafael Hernandez was unseated during the second race at Turfway Park on Friday evening, when his mount clipped heels and stumbled down the backstretch. According to the Daily Racing Form, Hernandez suffered a laceration to his right knee which will force him to miss five weeks of racing.
Following the race, a stewards inquiry led to the disqualification of Just A Dixie Dunk, ridden by Albin Jiminez, for interference with Hernandez' mount Irish Filibuster. Though Irish Filibuster did not go all the way to the ground, his stumble was forceful enough to unseat Hernandez. Irish Filibuster galloped around the track trailing the racehorses, but later had to be euthanized after diagnosed with a broken knee.
Hernandez is a veteran of over 2,000 career victories, and spent much of 2016 at Woodbine. The jockey banked a career high $4.5 million in earnings last year, riding 135 winners and finished fourth in Woodbine's rider standings.
Read more at the Daily Racing Form.
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