ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Jockey Rafael Bejarano has been hospitalized after being stepped on by a trailing horse when his mount broke down in a race at Santa Anita.
Joe Ferrer, the 32-year-old rider’s agent, says Bejarano broke his collarbone and a rib in the fourth race Saturday. He’s expected to remain in the hospital for up to five days. Ferrer says Bejarano has no brain, internal or spinal injuries.
Bejarano was in second coming down the track’s hillside turf course when his mount Gameboy Luke broke down nearing the quarter pole, unseating the rider. Track stewards say Bejarano appeared to have been struck by a trailing horse.
Gameboy Luke, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding trained by Mark Glatt, sustained a compound fracture to his left foreleg and was euthanized. He was the 6-5 favorite in the eight-horse field.
Bejarano is ranked fifth nationally in purse earnings this year with $4.92 million, according to Equibase. The Peru native has never won a Triple Crown race, but he won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile and the BC Juvenile Sprint in 2011.