Updated on 01/15/2013 11:57AM

Santa Anita: Bejarano, Gutierrez able to ride Sunday after being shaken up in separate spills

Shigeki Kikkawa
Rafael Bejarano was examined and released from a local hospital after going down in a spill early on Saturday's card at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Three jockeys, including leading rider Rafael Bejarano and Mario Gutierrez, who won the 2012 Kentucky Derby, were hospitalized briefly after being involved in separate spills at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Bejarano, Gutierrez, and Iggy Puglisi were not seriously hurt. Bejarano and Gutierrez were scheduled to ride on Sunday. Puglisi, who was diagnosed with a swollen ankle, according to track officials, did not have any mounts on Sunday.

Bejarano was not injured in the spill and was in the process of being released from the hospital early Saturday evening., approximately three hours after the incident, according to his agent, Joe Ferrer.

Bejarano is the leading rider at the current meeting, with 13 wins.

A Toe By Three was running at the back of the field in a $32,000 claiming race on the hillside turf course when he was injured.

In Saturday’s ninth race, jockey Mario Gutierrez was unseated from Time Goes On when the 4-year-old gelding clipped heels in a $12,500 claimer over 6 1/2 furlongs. Time Goes On was racing at the back of a field when he fell approaching the turn. Time Goes On appeared to lack racing room when eventual winner Chasing the Heat drifted to the inside and Star Navigator drifted to the outside.

While being treated by paramedics, Gutierrez complained of pain in his neck and head, according to track officials.

The stewards conducted an inquiry into the incident, but did not change the order of finish.

Earlier in the day, jockey Iggy Puglisi was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays on an ankle after his mount broke down in the second race. Puglisi was aboard Miss Denny in a maiden claimer over 5 1/2 furlongs when the 3-year-old filly sustained a tibia or hind end injury, according to track stewards.

Miss Denny was euthanized, stewards said.



Denise Mosimann More than 1 year ago
There was another breakdown at Santa Anita yesterday.... Asset Play was pulled up. What is going on with this track???
David Morant More than 1 year ago
A Toe By Three was unfortunately euthanized. Particularly because he was a Stormello baby. Because of Stormello's early demise, his runners are too few. Loved Stormello. Hated losing A Toe By Three. :( Cherokee Heaven, who also broke down, was vanned off and at least made the Vet List. Hoppefully that bodes better for his fate. :(
Anne More than 1 year ago
I would like to know why the fate of the horses are rarely given and only as an afterthought. Shame on all of you. Without the horses, there is no horse racing. They deserve better... I had to go to the end of the article before the horses are even discussed. And there were never this many breakdowns when Santa Anita had a synthetic track.
Jeffries Will More than 1 year ago
why does it matter? u have the info and there are many ways to find out. the end result is the same whether they tell u in the beginning or the end so why are we being ridiculous. the reality of the sport is the athletes get injured, human or equine and that the horses are better cared for than the humans. what is the relavancy in what order they are discussed?
Jordan More than 1 year ago
And there are much fewer breakdowns on Hollywood's Cushion Track. I wasn't a huge fan of Santa Anita's Pro-Ride because it was so radically different from the old Santa Anita dirt maintrack. It simply represented too large of a change from dirt racing. However, it did appear to be safer. What I like about Hollywood's Cushion Track is that it seems to be reducing catastrophic injuries without severely affecting horses' maintrack(dirt) form. Typically, horses that do well on the Cushion Track end up being at leat proficient on dirt. And at the recently concluded meet, we saw a dirt horse in Violence come and take down the Cash Call(Hollywood) Futurity.
Brad Auger More than 1 year ago
Glad Mario is okay. The owners of that horse are good people too, hope the horse is okay.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Well what happened to Time Goes On???...
Jenna More than 1 year ago
He is fine
kimmons2 More than 1 year ago
Santa Anita, needs to find out why these horses are Breaking down!! Just like they are doing in New York..
Jain Wilson-Silva More than 1 year ago
I agree...there have been a lot of breakdowns since the meet opened at Santa Anita, I would not know if its track or trainer fault..but its been very sad to see so many horses breakdown and after yesterday...very lucky the jockeys are okay.
Jain Wilson-Silva More than 1 year ago
..or just the risk always taken in racing and this month has been a bad one for that. RIP Miss Denny. I also believe Bejarano's mount may have been euthanized?
Guy More than 1 year ago
Horses and Jockeys risk their lives everyday. Something that is horribly overlooked. Get well guys and RIP Miss Denny.