08/26/2013 5:53PM

Saratoga: Exercise rider critical after morning spill

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Barbara D. Livingston
Raymond Bulgado was initially taken to Saratoga Hospital, then was airlifted to Albany Medical Center.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Raymond Bulgado, an exercise rider employed by trainer Nick Zito, was listed in critical condition in the trauma intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center with undisclosed injuries Monday following a spill during training hours.

Bulgado was working a horse, Ricochet Court, in company with another horse on the Oklahoma turf course when Bulgado's horse broke down badly in his forelegs approaching the quarter pole. Bulgado lay motionless on the turf for several minutes before the ambulance was able to get to him. Ricochet Court, a 3-year-old gelding by Doneraile Court, was euthanized.

Bulgado was taken off the course on a stretcher and initially taken to Saratoga Hospital. He was later airlifted to Albany Medical Center.

A visibly upset Zito would only confirm late Monday afternoon that Bulgado was at Albany Medical Center, but he would not confirm the types of injuries the rider sustained.

"I love the kid. He's getting the best care possible thanks to John [Hendrickson] and Marylou [Whitney] and the wonderful people at Albany Med," Zito said at his barn. "I have to respect the family's privacy. His mom's in Puerto Rico."

Turf training was suspended for the remainder of Monday's session following the incident.

Kristina Fritz More than 1 year ago
My thoughts and prayers to Raymond for his recovery from this unfortunate event.
Michael Castellano More than 1 year ago
We rarely get to know their names but they perform an essential service for the sport and they seem to have clocks built into their heads!. Have no idea what they are paid for the risks they take. Get well soon, I hope!
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
God Bless this is a critical situation THANK GOD for people like JOHN HENDRICKSON AND MARY LOU WHITNEY in your corner. These people are angels within this industry and local community. Hope and Prayer go out to Raymond and Bulgado family !!!
Holybull More than 1 year ago
This is so sad. May Gob be at his side as well as his family.....
Jennifer Pinard More than 1 year ago
Prayers for Raymond , his family and crew!
Betina Tacoronte More than 1 year ago
My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. God Bless
laura ban More than 1 year ago
How horrible, my thoughts go out to everybody who knows him. Especially his Mother. Get well soon, Ray.
Paul Aswad More than 1 year ago
THESE GUYS AND GIRLS TO A WONDERFUL JOB EVERY DAY. ITS A DANGEROUS JOB AND OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH HIM
Rosanne Frieri More than 1 year ago
RIP Ricochet Court. Another tragic turf accident......Horse euthanized will this ever end???? The down side of horse racing.....Prayers are with Ray.
Timothy DeTillio More than 1 year ago
It is very tragic. I just wish you would have Raymond Bulgado first in your post.
Rick Berend More than 1 year ago
At the risk of sounding crass, I'm glad someone remembered to mention the horse. I'm sure we all agree breakdowns happen too often and when the horse is mentioned in passing, it only fuels the idea horse racing is a bloodsport and everyone involved is degenerate. I'm sure we al agree that nothing is further from the truth, as far as that misnomer is concerned. Prayers and best wishes for all.
Leslie Ackel More than 1 year ago
Prayers to Bulgado and the Zito barn.