Rider Seriously Hurt, Racehorse Dead

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Rider Seriously Hurt, Racehorse Dead

By Patrick J. Battuello, In Behalf of Animals
August 2013

“Today was just so quiet. Looking over at the turf remembering that’s the spot where it happened and it’s all mangled up.” (Maxine Correa, exercise rider for trainer Nick Zito, Daily Racing Form, 8/27/13)

Ms. Correa’s somber tone comes from an accident that occurred yesterday [August 26] at Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track.

According to the DRF, Raymond Bulgado, a fellow Zito rider, suffered a broken neck when his mount, Ricochet Court, crumpled under the weight of two broken front legs. Mr. Bulgado remains at Albany Medical Center.

The horse is dead. As of this writing, nary a word on the NYRA website.

This is horseracing.