Jockey dies after fall from horse in Oklahoma
The death is being investigated by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission of the Texan jokey who was thrown from his horse during a thoroughbred race at the Blue Ribbons Down over the weekend.
The jockey, Mark Pace, 58, died Sunday after he fell from his mount, Reep What You Sow, during the first race. The horse, a 60-1 long shot, hit the rail on the backstretch where he lost the jockey and did not finish.
Pace has ridden in only two other thoroughbred races this year. He also rode in three quarter horse races between 1981 and 1986, according to the Amarillo, Texas based American Quarter Horse Association.
While the track ran a second race, when the news of the jockey´s passing reached the other jockeys, they requested that the rest of the card be canceled.
In the meantime, Chotaw Chief Greg Pyle stated on Monday that races will continue as scheduled at Blue Ribbons Downs for the remaining season. The races will continue on Saturdays and Sundays until November 28.
The Jockey´s Guild´s western region manager, Darrell Haire, stated that Pace is the fourth rider to die from injuries sustained in an Oklahoma race since 1940, when the guild began to keep statistics. Three of those deaths were at Blue Ribbon Downs.