09/22/2013 11:46AM

Barretts at Fairplex: Quinonez avoids serious injury in fall Saturday, agent says


POMONA, Calif. – Jockey Alonso Quinonez is believed to have sustained a hairline fracture of his tailbone after he went down in a spill Saturday at Barretts at Fairplex, agent Jerry Palermo said.

Preliminary reports Saturday suggested that Quinonez sustained head trauma. However, indications Sunday morning were more optimistic. The rider’s helmet was cracked, but it appears that he did not sustain serious head injury.

Quinonez was airlifted Saturday to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, where he remained Sunday. Palermo, who was booking mounts for Quinonez during the Los Angeles County Fair meet, said Sunday, “He’s good, he’s talking. He’s going to be okay.”

Quinonez, 30, would be sidelined about five weeks with a tailbone fracture. Quinonez had won seven races from 58 mounts at Barretts, including a stakes victory on Luckarack in the Governor’s Cup Handicap.

Jockey Julien Couton also went down in the spill. He was transported Saturday to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. His condition will be updated later Sunday.

The spill occurred in the 12th and final race Saturday when Quinonez’s mount, Bright Town, clipped heels and stumbled. Miss Purple Rain, ridden by Couton, was unable to avoid the spill and unseated Couton.

Stewards disqualified original fourth-place finisher I’m No Patsy for interference on the turn, which led to the spill. I’m No Patsy was ridden by Irving Orozco.


Ron Solberg More than 1 year ago
they might be small little people but there tuff.good luck guy.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
My sister made 20.00 on a loTto ticket but better yet couton and quinonez are going to be ok .thanks for all the good news drf
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Excellent news! Wishing a speedy recovery for Alonso. And it was also great that Julien Couton was back in the winner's circle today.
Gary Camejo More than 1 year ago
Most dangerous track in the world
David Morant More than 1 year ago
I could be mistaken ... But I'm pretty sure NO horses lost their lives this meet ... That was refreshing.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Bullrings r tough .matt garcia biffed @ ferndale last month.however all the tracks in the world/country have a bad spill in their history.jockeys r some of themost couragious athletes in the world they canbe daredevils sometimes
Walter More than 1 year ago
Q will lose the ride on Alberts Hope, too bad for him. I wonder who the lucky jock will be?
Mike B More than 1 year ago
Thank goodness for the helmet. Put on the PBS Seabiscuit documentary (for tenth time on the exercise bike) and those guys back then rode with nothing but silks and felt hats. Main Seabiscuit jockey (Red) was blind in one eye from head injury. Like to see even more of the rake go into technology for rider safety. Much better than it was decades ago, but still not much for lower body protection. Some space age material may flex and provide protection for lower extremities where riders get lots of injuries . They have legs (knee, thigh, hip and tail bones) in football and the run like heck, crouch--maybe a thinner (lighter) version could prevent some cracks and fractures. Then, of course, weights would need to come up a few lbs nationwide for the pads. Still sometimes not much you can do at 40 mph with 1,200 lbs animals.
Mike B More than 1 year ago
oh, and meant to say "they have leg pads .. in football"
Sebastian Piscuskas More than 1 year ago
This is so horrible. Alonso needs a break. He's at the track everyday putting A+ efforts on 8k claimers and you never hear him complain. When he won the Best Pal on Alberts Hope he was so grateful to the connections. Just as his career was about to take an upturn after a solid Fairplex meet. This is so sad.
Anita Carville More than 1 year ago
Hey, he's alive and he'll undoubtedly ride again!!! Good news!!!!!
John More than 1 year ago
How about the two horses? Now we know the jocks are OK ! Quinonez is a real tryer ! Ive hit alot of bets because he just rides his butt right to the wire every single mount ! Get well, both jocks !
Alan More than 1 year ago
I was told by a worker on the backstretch that both horses were sore but they were okay.
Stephen Stankiewicz More than 1 year ago
Thanks for asking about the horses also! Yes our jockeys are important but also are the horses!
Vince More than 1 year ago
yes the horses are as important as human beings with wives , husbands , mothers and children....please
Nona Kaenel More than 1 year ago
Well, for your information, my husband does care about what happens to the horses as well as alot of people. We always inquire about the condition of the riders first or course. Don't you dare put down anyone for inquiring about the horses.
nancyb More than 1 year ago
Thank God it is not as serious as it sounded last night. I am relieved that both jocks are relatively OK. It has become the norm that the only references to horse racing in the network affiliate news are when they scent blood in the water, so I was alarmed when they mentioned a jockey being airlifted to USC from Pomona.
Jamie Williams More than 1 year ago
Glad to hear both are going to be ok..... ( Hi Iggy!)