Pimlico Rider Ortiz Injured in Breakdown

Leading rider at Maryland track was struck when his mount fell nearing finish line.

Apprentice rider Yomar Ortiz was injured when he fell from his mount during the stretch run in the fifth race at Pimlico Race Course April 21.

Ortiz, leading the Pimlico jockey standings, was riding Badon when his mount broke down closing in on the finish in the five-furlong turf race for $35,000 claimers. Ortiz was on the ground when he was struck by Gator Gone Wild, a trailing horse.

The 21-year old was taken to nearby Sinai Hospital for x-rays near the hip and femur areas on his left leg, according to Pimlico medical director Dr. Harry Harris.

After three weeks of the spring meeting, Ortiz has 13 trips to the winners’ circle. He captured the Laurel Park winter meet title earlier this year.

Badon suffered a right ankle injury and was euthanized, according to Maryland Racing Commission veterinarian Dr. David Zipf.