Jockey Jose Flores Injured in Fall; Philly Park Abandons Holiday Card

(from Philadelphia Park report)
Jockey Jose Flores was injured during the first race at Philadelphia Park Monday afternoon when his mount, Faygo Rocks, broke down approaching the top of the stretch, slamming Flores hard onto an already frozen racing surface.

Racing at Philadelphia was abandoned after the second race on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday card.

A trailing horse may have also struck Flores. The jockey was taken from the track on a stretcher and transferred to Frankford-Torresdale Hospital to be evaluated for a possible concussion and the possibility of damage to the rib cage on his left side.

After a delay before the second race, the jockeys gave it one more shot, but came back and agreed afterward that the track was not safe to ride.

There was heavy precipitation in the area Sunday. With temperatures dropping well below freezing overnight, the track surface was deemed unsafe for racing.

The track and turf clubs remained open for simulcast racing. Tuesday's live program is scheduled to begin at 12:25 p.m. (EST). Racing fans can also enjoy an extra day of live racing this week at the Bensalem oval. The track is set to offer a live card on Wednesday afternoon as well.