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Updated on 08/30/2013 8:18AM
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.”
Ray le estamos deseando una rápida recuperación. Que Dios le ayude a recuperar su fuerza y empezar a montar otra vez pronto.
Ray, more than you know you are on the minds of many and we are holding nothing but positive thoughts for your recovery.
R. I. P. Ricochet Court
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.
Would be nice if some of the big shots like Ramsey and Repole step up and help the unsung heros of this game.
I love horse racing but this is heart breaking.
Be strong Ray Ray!!!
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?
God Bless the whole situation.
All the best. And why so many breakdowns on the Saratoga turf? It hardly seems like a safe surface.
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