04/23/2013 4:56PM

Emerald Downs: Jockey Gallyn Mitchell suffers heart attack


Jockey Gallyn Mitchell, the all-time leader in wins, stakes wins, and earnings at Emerald Downs, had three stents implanted Monday after suffering a heart attack at his home near Enumclaw, Wash.

Mitchell, 50, remained in the intensive care unit at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center on Tuesday, according to his wife and jockey agent Denise Mitchell.

Denise Mitchell told Emerald Downs track officials that her husband’s spirits were good and that he was seeing visitors.

“So far, so good,” Denise Mitchell said. “They could move him out of ICU soon.”

Mitchell has ridden 1,347 winners at Emerald Downs and is the only jockey to ride all 18 seasons at the track, including seven mounts opening weekend. He is a two-time winner of the Longacres Mile and is a 2013 finalist for the Washington Racing Hall of Fame.

Mitchell began riding in 1980 and has won 2,628 races and has mount earnings of $20.4 million.

Tommy Decker More than 1 year ago
Big Fan of Gallyn , who couldn't like that smile . Praying for a quick recovery . GT Decker, Picayune , Miss .
Jim Eggers More than 1 year ago
Saw him up and riding this past weekend, hope he gets well soon, and back to race riding.
Nick Scribner More than 1 year ago
Get Well Booger from your Yakima Meadows peeps
MT_Black More than 1 year ago
dude wins like every mount at Ezmerelda. get well
Kristian O'Reilly More than 1 year ago
God Bless U Gallyn
richard cowles More than 1 year ago
Good as new in no time....Cheers..
charles b More than 1 year ago
Good luck in your recovery. You're a darn good rider as well as a nice guy. Again, all the best.
Luca Brazi More than 1 year ago
Gallyn, good luck and our prayers are with you in your recovery.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Get back up Jock and go easy at it.
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chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Clogged arteries have gotten a bunch of us.