Apprentice jockey Arturo Perez was taken to the University of Cincinnati trauma center for observation after falling from his horse in the first race at River Downs June 12, according to track officials.
Breaking from the inside post, Perez's mount Bob's Delight appeared to take a stutter step and stumble while in tight going into the first turn. Correcting his stride, the 9-year-old gelding brought his head up and appeared to hit Perez in the face. Perez was unseated.
The jockey was conscious, speaking and moving all of his extremities when taken from the track, the track reported. He indicated that he had pain in his hip and was transferred to the hospital as a precaution.
For several years Perez had been an exercise rider at River Downs and decided to take out his jockey license last year at the age of 33. The native of Mexico had 21 mounts this season and has recorded two third-place finishes.