Appeals Court Affirms Pincay Judgment

A California court of appeal recently affirmed a $2.7-million judgment awarded to retired Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. against the ambulance company that handled the injuries that ultimately ended his career.

A panel of three judges in the California Court of Appeal Second District on March 30 unanimously affirmed a 2007 lower-court judgment against Huntington Ambulance Service, which treated Pincay immediately after the jockey was injured in a race at Santa Anita Park on March 1, 2003.

“He’s delighted to finally get it over,” said Pincay’s Los Angeles-based attorney, Neil Papiano. “I think it is well deserved; after all, he was the leading rider in the world … and wanted to get above 10,000 (lifetime victories). The ambulance people didn’t follow what they should have done.”

The ambulance service, which in part asked the appeal court to lower the awarded judgment, has the right to appeal to the United State Supreme Court. Michael K. Johnson, a San Francisco-based attorney representing the service said the parties were “exploring their options.”

“I can’t really comment about it, other than we are disappointed,” he said.

Papiano said the total award of the judgment would now exceed $3 million when factoring in interest and other costs. The judges’ decision followed oral arguments held about six weeks ago.

Pincay was North America’s all-time leading jockey by wins with 9,530 victories at the time of his injury. Russell Baze exceeded that total in 2006.
 

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