02/06/2015 6:13PM

Tampa Bay: Gallardo among four riders involved in multi-horse spill

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OLDSMAR, Fla. - Leading jockey Antonio Gallardo was one of four riders involved in a multiple-horse spill during the running of Friday’s sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs.

The field was approaching the top of the stretch in the 5 1/2-furlong claiming sprint when La Ranchera, who had pressed the early pace under Alice Cartwright, broke down and fell heavily near the inner rail. Juliebrowneyes and Huber Villa-Gomez were following La Ranchera and fell over that rival while Carol Ann, with Gallardo aboard, stumbled badly attempting to avoid the fallen rivals, unseating her rider. Then Bright Promise, with Janelle Campbell in the irons, struck the fallen La Ranchera, also unseating her rider.

All four jockeys were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital but initial reports indicated all were conscious and had movement in their extremities. Villa-Gomez and Gallardo were reported to be in good condition. Cartwright and Campbell were being treated and awaiting results of their X-rays.

La Ranchera died on the track. The other three runners were taken back to their respective barns.

At the time of the spill, Gallardo had 67 winners, 29 more than Daniel Centeno.

Big Rob stud More than 1 year ago
One of the other horses has passed as well. Lousy when these things happen.
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Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Very true Russell. And Go for Wand would've won that day as well.
r More than 1 year ago
yes i remember being at Belmont that day when Go for Wand went down. There was also a horse in an earlier race that day that died. The entire day had a bad undertow.
Scott Stevens More than 1 year ago
Do you really think that Frank not to say your wrong, but that great race mare i think would have bore down like she always did. I think she wins that race she might have been collard, but game as hell,and i don't think she change leads in fact as the rumor goes that when she broke down while she was trying to change leads... So she might have have another gear.
Leroy Junior More than 1 year ago
What insanity dude. The article about the accident nowhere does it say anything about fault or anything like that. I think the insane one is you
r More than 1 year ago
TBD is usually one of the safest surfaces in North America.
James More than 1 year ago
I heard that Villa-Gomez broke his back and is under going surgery , so I would not think he is fine! Very tragic for all
Jo Ann Simon More than 1 year ago
The fallen horse died on the track. I'm guess ing it had a heart attack?? Can anyone confirm?
martymar . More than 1 year ago
The horse brokedown leg injury
paul27787898 More than 1 year ago
And then broke its neck. Died as soon as it went down. Better than running around on three legs terrified until he can be put down. The whole thing looked really awful. Hope all riders and the rest of the horses will be alright.
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
Is their any other animal in the world that that can be runnings along and break it's leg for no good reason? It's not natural how unsound the thoroughbred has become.
Steve Reed More than 1 year ago
I watched this live and thank God it wasn't as fatal as it appeared. These jocks have Big Hearts to bounce back from these types of events. There were four jockeys sprauled motionless on the track. It doesn't get much worse than this.
mike More than 1 year ago
Really? I'm interested in the poor horses,the jockeys are there by choice.
Brandon Fields More than 1 year ago
wow, good to know that the only thing that matters is what you are interested in!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow, good to know that the only thing that matters is what you are interested in!!
mike More than 1 year ago
So what? You probably don't blink when a horse gives their life for your entertainment.
Greg Jones More than 1 year ago
Comments like Steve just made make me and others sick, a horse is dead Steve, that is fatal you f___ing idiot. SMFH
Craig Tomlinson More than 1 year ago
Watched the replay on TB downs website before reading full article. Did not expect it to be as bad as it was. Speedy recoveries to all. RIP La Ranchera.
E_Garcia47 More than 1 year ago
More on La Ranchers and what caused the breakdown PLEASE!!
Victor More than 1 year ago
La Ranchera's demise occurred because of two incidents: the first was, obviously, the spill. But La Ranchera immediately rose back onto her feet. What killed her was when Bright Promise, the most rearward horse in the incident, struck La Ranchera right in the side of her neck as she jumped back up onto her feet. You can see how she fell back down. She was limp. Her neck was broken.
Gina More than 1 year ago
A four-horse spill in the sixth race Feb. 6 at Tampa Bay Downs caused the death of one horse and resulted in four jockeys being taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa for observation. The chain-reaction accident in the $8,000 claiming race began when 5-year-old mare La Ranchera, who was advancing along the rail under jockey Alice Cartwright, broke down at the quarter pole. Juliebrowneyes tumbled over La Ranchera and threw her jockey, Huber Villa-Gomez, to the track. The 4-year-old filly Carol Ann and leading Tampa Bay jockey Antonio Gallardo were unable to avoid Juliebrowneyes, although Carol Ann managed to jog away after losing Gallardo. But a fourth horse, Bright Promise sideswiped La Ranchera as the latter was struggling to regain her footing. Bright Promise's jockey, Janelle Campbell, was tossed off in the process. All four jockeys were reported to be conscious and able to move their limbs as they were taken to the hospital. Villa-Gomez and Gallardo were reported to be in good condition. Cartwright and Campbell were being treated and awaiting results of their X-rays. La Ranchera died after the collision with Bright Promise, who was vanned off and returned to her barn for evaluation. The 7-year-old mare Juliebrowneyes and Carol Ann appeared to emerge from the accident satisfactorily. Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/90014/tampa-riders-taken-to-hospital-after-spill#ixzz3R5qoBaM9
Michael Jeffries More than 1 year ago
Why do you feel the need to show the race? Reporting on it and giving an update is completely adequate.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
people need to know the TRUTH, NOT what u think is adequate! THATS WHY!
martymar . More than 1 year ago
you'll know the truth by watching the video? really do you have the details of the injuries and if there was a pre-existing injury?
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
TRUTH=good or bad details. I didnt think I would have to clarify that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
so ,wise one. Please tell us the truth or whatever is floating around in your head right now, or now...how about now.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
You know you can choose not to view the video