Bejarano Hospitalized After Spill

By DRF.com
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 11, 2014) – Jockey Rafael Bejarano, the leading rider in Southern California, suffered a broken collarbone and a broken rib and broke both of his shoulder blades in a one-horse spill Saturday at Santa Anita, the track’s publicity department said in a Twitter message.

The track announced Bejarano’s injuries following a conversation with his agent, Joe Ferrer.

Bejarano was injured in the fourth race when Gameboy Luke broke down in a maiden race on the hillside turf course. Gameboy Luke, the 6-5 favorite, was racing in second place as the field approached the main track when he suffered a leg injury. Gameboy Luke was euthanized, according to track stewards.

Bejarano fell heavily on his right shoulder in the spill. He was taken to nearby Huntington Hospital, where he will remain for a few days, the track announced. Bejarano did not suffer any internal injuries, Ferrer told Santa Anita officials.

Bejarano was the leading rider at the track’s winter-spring meeting that ended April 20, his fourth riding title in the last five years at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting. Bejarano, 32, is currently fifth in the nation in money earnings with more than $4.9 million.