04/12/2013 5:33PM

Tampa Bay: Centeno, Coa avoid serious injury in spill


Leading rider Daniel Centeno and fellow jockey Daniel Coa escaped serious injury Friday when both were involved in a spill during the running of the fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs.

Centeno, atop the rider standings at Tampa with 77 wins, was aboard the heavily favored Basilone when the 5-year-old, second-time starter broke down and fell leaving the turn of the six- furlong maiden claiming sprint. Coa, who was aboard Duppyzapper, was unseated when his mount swerved attempting to avoid the fallen horse and rider.

Coa was examined at the track and cleared to ride later in the card while Centeno was taken for examination at St. Joseph's Hospital where he was examined and released. His agent, Mike Moran, said Centeno was "pretty sore" and would see how he felt Saturday morning before deciding on whether to accept mounts for that card.

Basilone had to be euthanized while Duppyzapper was not seriously injured.

RocketWrench12 More than 1 year ago
I agree, this was a completely disgusting incident today. Why would they keep this horse, who obviously had major heath issues, in training? Is it really worth risking this horse's life, the other horses lives and the jockeys lives, to try to unload this horse for $8,000. Seeing things like this makes me question if I want to continue to be involved in this sport as an owner and a fan. Everyone involved in the needless killing of Basilone should be ashamed.
Jon Cohen More than 1 year ago
Why is there no outrage over this absolutely disgraceful incident today at Tampa ? A five year old by Giant's Causeway who was a $425,000 two year old sales purchase finally made his career debut at Gulfstrem for Md12500 12 days ago. Today he is in at Tampa for Md8000, looked sore, and, at 1-5, snapped his leg off on the turn for home. Are the state vets asleep at the wheel ? Talk about warning signs for a horse "at risk" !!! Where is Berube and his holier than though attitude of integrity regarding, an ugly, unnecessary incident. If a racetrack manager was ever in more desperate need of being fired than this guy, I've never heard of him. Hey Stella, your incompetent management team are running your track into the ground. How long are you planning on remaining silent ? One of your leading trainers is caught blocking a horse's knee the morning of a race, and she is to date unpunished. A horse that clearly had no business running explodes midway through a race and you do nothing. Fortunately none of the riders were seriously injured. You and your track are rapidly becoming exhibit A for what is wrong with this business. As for the owners of Basilone, I hope it was worth it. Shame on you !!!!!