Thursday, July 23, 2009

Rafael Bejarano suffers bad fall on Del Mar opening day

Rafael Bejarano, one of the leading jockeys in California, was badly injured in a claiming race yesterday when his mount, Mi Rey, broke down in the middle of the stretch.
Full details can be found at this link on Blood-Horse.
Raf's jaw, nose, and orbital bones were fractured in the fall; he also hurt his left shoulder. Mi Rey, an 8-year-old gelding, was euthanized.

Rafael was Del Mar's top jockey last year, and will likely be out for a week or more to recover. So far, it's unclear if he'll have surgery to his face.
After Rene Douglas's horrible accident, this is just one more scare that drives home how dangerous this sport can be.
Let's wish Rafael a speedy, full recovery.

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