Teenage jockey dies in US after riding accident
A 17-year-old apprentice jockey considered to be a rising star in U.S. horse racing died from head injuries sustained in a riding accident at an Indiana track.
The Jockeys’ Guild said Wednesday that Juan Saez died Tuesday night at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where the Panamanian was airlifted after the accident at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
Saez was aboard Montezuma Express when his mount clipped heels with the horse in front of him, Paddy’s Note. Saez’s mount fell, causing him to be unseated. A trailing horse, Masaru ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., was unable to avoid Saez’s horse and also fell, unseating Santana Jr., who wasn’t seriously injured.
Saez began his U.S. career in June, winning the riding title at Ellis Park, Kentucky with 51 wins from 194 starts.