Finger Lakes jockey Jose David Osorio died at his residence Oct. 4, according to the track’s website. He was 34.
“This is a tragedy that is felt throughout the entire Finger Lakes racing community,” said Chris Riegle, president and general manager of Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Osorio.”
Finger Lakes canceled racing the day of Osorio’s death and honored him with a moment of silence Oct. 6. The track’s jockeys wore pictures honoring him in the winner’s circle ceremony.
Osorio, who began his riding career in 1996, had been a regular rider at Finger Lakes since 2002. His biggest victory came aboard Say Toba Sandy in the 2007 Finger Lakes Juvenile Fillies Stakes.
Osorio registered 414 of his 427 lifetime triumphs at Finger Lakes. With 3,380 mounts, he amassed a sum of $4,672,400 in purse earnings over the course of his riding career. During the 2011 racing season at the track he won with 30 of his 197 mounts.