Apprentice Suspended 30 Days For 2nd Time In Week After Another Spill-Marred Delaware Race

Eighteen-year-old jockey Axel Concepcion, who is currently Maryland's top apprentice and is on the cusp of a planned move to Kentucky that could launch him into contention for a rookie rider Eclipse Award, has again been suspended 30 days by the Delaware Park stewards for "careless riding" that caused a rival horse to crash to the track. "This is Apprentice Jockey Axel Concepcion's second incident within a week of causing interference that resulted in a horse falling and a rider to be unseated," stated the Oct. 6  stewards' ruling. Delaware...

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Rispoli Escapes Serious Injury in Del Mar Spill

Jockey Umberto Rispoli was back home and reportedly suffered no serious injuries in a spill during the first race at Del Mar Thursday afternoon. Rispoli was riding Single Track Mind in heavy traffic when he was bumped by a rival and was unseated, then was kicked by a trailing horse. Another horse was able to take evasive action as Rispoli rolled under the rail near the eighth pole. He was removed by stretcher by paramedics and carried to a waiting ambulance and was later released from the hospital. "I'm doing...

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Ortiz Returns After Friday's Spill…and Wins Three

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.  - Jockey Jose Ortiz's return to competition at Saratoga Race Course Wednesday was very rewarding with three victories...and taxing. Ortiz was unseated and fell hard to the ground when his horse clipped heels in the first race of Friday's card. He was sent to Albany Medical Center where he was found to have bruised ribs. Ortiz took off his mounts Saturday and Sunday and was ready to ride again Wednesday, the start of the third week of the meet. In his comeback, Ortiz won with three of...

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Jose Ortiz Off Mounts Following Spill

Jockey Jose Ortiz was taken to Albany Medical Center for evaluation after being dislodged from the Wesley Ward-trained Same Old Fears (Uncle Mo) as the field for race one was crossing the wire Friday at Saratoga. "Same Old Fears unseated Jose Ortiz near the finish of today's Saratoga opener," read a statement from NYRA. "Jose Ortiz was upright and alert but was transported to Albany Med for further evaluation and is off his mounts. The filly was unharmed and was provided a precautionary van ride home." Ortiz was alert and...

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Thistledown Racing Canceled After Jockey Cedillo Injured in First Race

Jockey Mauro Cedillo was seriously injured the first race at Thistledown Racetrack on Monday, and has been taken to the Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, where a media relations specialist confirmed he was being treated in the emergency room, but was unable to provide any further information. The jockeys at Thistledown Racetrack voted to cancel the remainder of the racing card, according to a member of the Thistledown racing office. Cedillo was aboard Spectacular Road, the 2-1 second choice and was on the lead a quarter-mile into the race...

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Cabrera Out For Rest of Oaklawn Meet

Oaklawn leading rider David Cabrera likely will miss the remainder of the 2021-2022 meeting after sustaining upper back, neck and head injuries from a spill in Friday's first race, his agent Joe Santos said. Santos said Cabrera has compressed C5 and C6 vertebrae, crushed cheekbones and suffered a concussion in the accident, which occurred in the upper stretch after his mount Mostly Awesome (Fusaichi Pegasus) clipped heels when in tight and fell, throwing the jockey to the ground. A trailing horse jumped the fallen Mostly Awesome near the three-sixteenths pole,...

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Fundraiser Oct. 15 for Declan Cannon

Friends of jockey Declan Cannon are organizing an auction to raise funds for him while he is out of action following a spill Sept. 13 at Indiana Grand in which he fractured vertebrae. The fundraiser will take place this Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at McCarthy's Irish bar in Lexington. "Declan is a very popular jockey from Ireland with a very young family. Obviously being out of action has severely cut down his income. He is expected to be out of action up to six months," said Hunter Valley...

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Figueroa and Mejia On the Mend

Jockey Heriberto Figueroa, injured in a spill at Monmouth Park last Sunday, will resume riding at the track during Friday's card. Tomas Mejia, who was involved in the same spill, is likely to be out at least one more week while he recovers, according to the agents for both riders. "He's doing fine and ready to ride again," said John Salamone, Figueroa's agent. "He's 100%." Mejia's return will likely be delayed another week, according to agent Robert Tuccille. "He is feeling a lot better, but we're going to take the...

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