A grim reminder of just how dangerous this sport can be.
Alameda County Fair: Horse racing jockey dies in fall – San Jose Mercury News
PLEASANTON — A jockey was killed when he fell off his horse Thursday during a race at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
Jorge Herrera, 33, a jockey from Jalisco, Mexico, died from a massive brain injury when he was thrown from his mount shortly after the start of the eighth race.
A video of the incident on the website www.equibase.com shows Herrera riding far back in the race when his horse, Morito, appeared to clip the leg of the horse in front of it. Herrera then flipped over his horse and may have been hit by another horse going by, as well.