Updated on 08/30/2013 9:18AM

Saratoga: Exercise rider Bulgado has fractured neck


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Raymond Bulgado, an exercise rider employed by trainer Nick Zito, suffered a fractured neck but did not sustain severe head trauma as the result of a spill during training hours Monday at Saratoga, according to a co-worker.

Bulgado remained hospitalized at Albany Medical Center on Tuesday in critical condition, according to hospital officials.

According to Maxine Correa, also an exercise rider for Zito, a member of the New York Racing Association’s chaplaincy, who had been in contact with the hospital and Bulgado’s family, visited the barn Tuesday morning to update Bulgado’s condition and told her that Bulgado did not suffer any “major head trauma.”

“He recognized his cousin who was visiting,” Correa said. “It is a relief, at the same time it’s such a downer. Thank God for Ray, he’s going to be okay.”

On Monday, Bulgado was aboard Ricochet Court who was working a half-mile in company on the Oklahoma turf course. Nearing the quarter pole, Ricochet Court suffered fractures of both forelegs and fell, hurling Bulgado to the hard turf. Bulgado lay on the course for several minutes before an ambulance was able to get to him.

Bulgado was removed from the course on a stretcher and taken to Saratoga Hospital, then airlifted to Albany Medical Center later on Monday.

Ricochet Court, a 3-year-old gelding by Doneraile Court, had to be euthanized.

For Correa and her co-workers, Tuesday morning was a difficult one at work.

“Today was just so quiet,” Correa said. “Looking over at the turf remembering that’s the spot where it happened and it’s all mangled up.”

Abraham Rojas More than 1 year ago
Ray le estamos deseando una rápida recuperación. Que Dios le ayude a recuperar su fuerza y empezar a montar otra vez pronto.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Ray, more than you know you are on the minds of many and we are holding nothing but positive thoughts for your recovery.
Joe More than 1 year ago
R. I. P. Ricochet Court
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
will you people go away
Ann Mitchell Adam More than 1 year ago
I think there needs to be a provision that tracks can (SHOULD) do necropsies on disastrous accidents in order to assure it is NOT due to ingestion of improper substances. I'm sure that tracks would rather find it is trainer/owner wrong rather than their venue that is the culprit.
Richard Holmes More than 1 year ago
I would have to assume that is automatic in NY. It is automatic in California. They always do a necropsy when a horse breaks down.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Nick is top notch. Cares about his help and his horses. This should be a time to support Ray and Nicks barn.
LauraB More than 1 year ago
Very well said Thomas. Nick Zito is one of the best and cares for his horses and his crew. All thoughts should be with Ray and his family.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Would be nice if some of the big shots like Ramsey and Repole step up and help the unsung heros of this game.
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
They ALL do, just not publically. In fact M L Whitney and another man who's name I forget are taking care of this rider. Some of us do things behind the scenes without the fanfare (as it should be)
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
I love horse racing but this is heart breaking.
Michael Martin More than 1 year ago
Be strong Ray Ray!!!
Dac More than 1 year ago
Hope he makes a full recovery...But a question I have is why he had to wait "several" minutes to be attended to by medical aid. I know during workouts they don't follow them like during a race. But they do have them stationed near by right off the track in case of this happening. So where was the ambulance personal?
BigBear More than 1 year ago
I'm not positive on this but I'd suspect as in other sports , if you have a serious injury it's better to have it during a game because ambulance teams & doctors don't attend practices. The police car always gets there before the EA .
Norine Williams More than 1 year ago
They would've had to clear the track of multiple horses training at the time of the accident thus making a delayed response.During a race an ambulance isn't delayed because the field of horses on the track is far less than during training hours.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
God Bless the whole situation.