PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) – A jockey has died after falling from his horse during a race at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
Authorities say 33-year-old Jorge (HOR’-haye) Herrera fell during the eighth race Thursday afternoon and may have been hit by his own or another horse. He suffered head injuries and died at a hospital.
Video of the race and witnesses indicate that Herrera was thrown after his horse, Morito, clipped another horse.
Herrera was from Jalisco, Mexico. He started in more than 1,000 races and won 55.
He’s the first jockey to die at the Alameda County Fairgrounds since 1975.
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Googoo Gaagaa top choice for Yonkers Trot
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) – Googoo Gaagaa tops a five-horse field for Saturday’s Yonkers Trot, the first leg of trotting’s Triple Crown.
The 3-year-old colt has won 11 of 12 races, and is coming off a world record 1:50 4/5 effort in last weekend’s Earl Beal Jr. Memorial final at Pocono. The time is the fastest over a five-eighths mile oval.
Richard Hans is the breeder, owner and trainer of Googoo Gaagaa. The driver is Corey Callahan.
Also entered in the $450,000 race are Stormin Normand, Market Share, Muscolo and Archangel. Post time is about 9 p.m.