Saez Hospitalized After Spill; Has Movement

The jockey was injured when his horse clipped heels in the 10th race at Keeneland.

Jockey Gabriel Saez was taken the University of Kentucky Medical Center for evaluation following a spill in the stretch of the 10th race at Keeneland Oct. 15.

Saez, riding Irish Exchange, clipped heels in the stretch of the maiden special weight with Coup ridden by Ramon Dominguez. Coup came over into Irish Exchange’s path just inside the sixteenth-pole. Irish Exchange, a filly by Exchange Rate and the favorite, fell to the ground but was able to get up on her feet following the spill. The filly is owned by Limestone Racing and trained by Larry Jones.

The fallen jockey was taken off the track on a stretcher with his head and neck immobilized. He was seen moving his arms. A report on TVG about 10 minutes after the race confirmed that Saez was able to move his arms and legs and said he had not been rushed immediately to the hospital.

“He is awake and alert, and is complaining of hip and shoulder pain,” said Dr. Barry Schumer, Keeneland’s medical director, in a statement.
Coup finished second in the race but was disqualified and placed last for drifting in and taking Irish Exchange’s path. The race was won by Soft Whisper.