Jockey Killed at Beulah Park
One jockey was killed and two others were injured Saturday when a horse stumbled coming down the stretch at Beulah Park. Arnold Ruiz, 33, of Arlington Heights, Ill., fell with Winds of Sonora and was run over by the two horses behind him, track steward Joe DeLuca said. Ruiz was pronounced dead of head injuries at Grant Hospital. Chuck Costanzo, 34, of Cleveland, was thrown to the ground after his horse, Kaicoltra, hit Ruiz's horse. Costanzo was treated for injuries and released from Grant. A third jockey, Michael Heath, 35, of Georgetown, Ky., suffered minor cuts and bruises. DeLuca said Winds of Sonora suffered a "slight injury" to a lower leg, but he did not know other details. One more race was run at the track following the incident before the final four races were cancelled. Ohio track Thistledown, which runs live racing on a coordinated schedule with Beulah Park, also cancelled its last four races of the day.DeLuca said Beulah Park plans to resume its schedule Sunday, the last day of the season.
Date Posted: 12/22/2001 6:27:01 PM
Last Updated: 12/26/2001 8:43:59 AM
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