10/15/2014 6:32PM

Australian apprentice jockey dies in spill


Australian apprentice jockey Caitlin Forrest died Wednesday evening as a result of injuries suffered in a four-horse spill earlier that day at Murray Bridge Racecourse. Forrest is the third rider who has died this week as a result of racing or training accidents.

Australian jockey Carly-Mae Pye, 26, died of injuries suffered in a training race in Australia on Monday. Tuesday, apprentice jockey Juan Saez, 17, died of head injuries suffered earlier that day in a spill at Indiana Grand racetrack.

Australian media reports stated that Forrest, 19, was injured when her mount broke down while leading a five-furlong turf race. She was believed to have been struck by a trailing horse. Forrest was airlifted to a nearby hospital in Adelaide, where she later died of injuries.

Another rider, Libby Hopwood, was hospitalized because of injuries suffered in the spill.

Forrest had seven wins from 58 mounts this year, including three wins at Jamestown Racecourse on Oct. 4.

Murray Bridge is a small racecourse, near Adelaide, which holds 14 days of racing a year.

Dimitri Garabedian More than 1 year ago
M More than 1 year ago
maybe need to tighten up some rules in US and international about contact, interference, screening horses close for soundness, etc. there are gonna be some accidents, but 3 deaths in a week is a crisis.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
This has been a terrible week for jockeys and horses.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
My gosh, this has been a terrible week, afraid to look at the headlines sometimes. Prayers and Blessings to All..
Jamie Murphy More than 1 year ago
It is exactly why the stewards should take "race riding" and cutting off horses more seriously. Although it was neither a factor in either of these incidents, it very well could happen. a couple days off just doesn't cut it. these jockeys are at the mercy off the horses and the other riders and all should go home safe and sound, the way that they came to the track. accidents do happen, but negligence is anther thing.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Prayers for him and his family. Truly sad. These two tragedies this week have saddened us all.
Chris Enlaplaya More than 1 year ago
three tragedies by my count. three jockeys taken too soon.