jockey deaths

Exercise Rider Juan Becerra Cortes Dies After Fall From Horse At Belmont Park

Juan Becerra Cortes, an exercise rider for Steve Asmussen, has died after falling from a horse  at Belmont Park Nov. 8, the Daily Racing Form reported. Asmussen assistant Toby Sheets told DRF Becerra Cortes fell during a gallop over the training track. Sheets said the rider was unconscious and had blood on his brain. He […]

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Jockey Mike ‘Ziggy’ Ziegler Dies At Age 52

A visitation is scheduled for Friday in St. Paul, Minn., for jockey Mike Ziegler, who passed away Nov. 13. Affectionately known as “Ziggy” by family and friends, the Minnesota native began his racing career at Canterbury Park as a hot walker. He rode his first race two years later at Erie Downs in Pennsylvania. Ziegler […]

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Hall Of Famer, Jockey Pioneer Manny Ycaza Dies At 80

Various sources reported Tuesday the passing of legendary jockey Manny Ycaza, who died in New York Monday at the age of 80. Relatives said Ycaza battled sepsis and pneumonia over the weekend and was transported to the hospital Sunday night. He died peacefully surrounded by family, relatives said. The son of a bus driver, Ycaza […]

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Parx Racing To Host Visitation, Memorial Service For Jose Luis Flores On Tuesday

Visitation and a memorial service for jockey Jose Luis Flores is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday on the third floor of the grandstand at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa. The visitation and services originally were to be held at Tomlinson Funeral Home but were moved to accommodate the large turnout that is expected. […]

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Female Jockey Killed During Race In New Zealand

The New Zealand racing community is in mourning on Sunday as popular female jockey Rebecca Black was tragically killed in an incident at Tapanui Racing Club in Gore, according to The 40-year-old mother of three was pronounced dead on the track after her horse, Proven Point, appeared to clip heels with Misscattlecreek, then fell […]

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Death Of ‘Brilliant Rider’ JT McNamara Mourned Across Racing World

John Thomas McNamara was one of the top amateur jumps jockeys in Ireland, who won over 600 races in his career including four at the world-renowned Cheltenham Festival. It was there in 2013 that JT, as he was known to friends, family and fans, suffered a fall that would leave him paralyzed from the neck […]

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Australian Jockey Tim Bell Dies At His Home In Singapore

Australian jockey Tim Bell has reportedly died in a non-racing related incident.  Andrew Bensley with Sky Sports Radio was the first to report his passing on Twitter: In such sad sad news, I can report that leading Brisbane jockey Tim Bell has died overnight in Singapore. A police investigation is underway — Andrew Bensley (@AndrewBensley) […]

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Stewards: ‘No Flaws’ in Handling of Saez Incident but Blinding Sun an Issue

A report released Friday by Indiana stewards said proper protocols were in place at Indiana Grand, and there were “no flaws” in the execution of those procedures regarding the spill that led to the death of 17-year-old jockey Juan Saez Tuesday. After reviewing tapes of the incident and interviewing about 25 people, the stewards concluded it […]

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Jockeys Around the World Honor Fallen Colleagues

In a week that saw three promising young jockeys die from racetrack accidents, the tributes from fellow riders continue. Following Thursday’s third race at Santa Anita, the jockey colony assembled in the winner’s circle to honor 17-year-old apprentice Juan Saez, who died Tuesday night following a spill earlier in the day at Indiana Grand Race Course.  With a […]

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