05/12/2012 12:06PM

Hollywood Park: Berrio hospitalized following second stroke


Jockey Omar Berrio was hospitalized on Friday after suffering a stroke that left him with some paralysis on the right side of his body, according to trainer A.C. Avila.

Avila employs Berrio as an exercise rider at Santa Anita and said the 43-year-old rider had suffered some damage to his speech. The extent of the injuries was being determined on Saturday, he said.

“We don’t know yet,” he said. “They’re doing scans.”

Berrio was aboard a horse at Santa Anita on Friday morning when he began to experience cramp-like symptoms, Avila said. The jockey requested medication attention from ambulance staff.

“They called the ambulance and took him to the hospital,” Avila said.

“He said, ‘I don’t feel good.’ He got off the horse.

“According to his friend, he wasn’t taking his medication for high blood pressure.”

Friday’s stroke was the second that Berrio has suffered in the last 16 months. In December 2010, Berrio suffered a stroke that left him sidelined for a month.

A native of Panama, Berrio has ridden sporadically this year, winning with 1 of 14 mounts, an allowance race at Santa Anita aboard the stakes winner Great Warrior in April. At the current Betfair Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting, Berrio is winless with three mounts.

Debra Hanover More than 1 year ago
That is a shame...
Debra Hanover More than 1 year ago
That is a shame..
Javier Ramirez Ortega More than 1 year ago
Hope you get well soon panita. Estamos remando por ti....
Dawood K More than 1 year ago
I wish Omar Berrio all my best. Yes, in my leanest years of 80's, I could not wait for Bobby Frankel to use him on all his longshots, especially in the stakes races. Every time he won for Frankel it seemed like easy pickens, just a hand ride, and the tote board would light up with huge payoffs.
Suzanne Thomas More than 1 year ago
Please, please, please! If you have high blood pressure, do NOT stop taking your blood pressure meds. This is what happens - I've seen it over & over again in a 31 year career as an RN. One or two little pills daily are a small matter as a prevention for permanent hemiplegia, brain damage, & disability!
chuck More than 1 year ago
Hope you get well soon .......................................G-D Bless!!!
chuck More than 1 year ago
Don't Know Omar Berrio, but I do know he's a good rider..................a money rider .............especially for Avila.Cashed a lot of longshot bets over the years with that combo.
Steve Hanna More than 1 year ago
Couple of years ago, every time one of my p-4's was blown up it seemed to be that combo. grew to really respect them on the track. Best wishes!
Manuel Segundo More than 1 year ago
K t mejores bobby