Three jockeys taken to hospital after Laurel spill

by | Jan 11, 2019 | Breaking, Maryland, MD Racing, Racing

Trevor McCarthy

Jockey Trevor McCarthy after a 2016 stakes win. Photo by Dottie Miller

From a Maryland Jockey Club release

Jockeys Trevor McCarthy, Horacio Karamanos and Jomar Torres were each taken to the hospital for evaluation following a three-horse spill during Friday’s sixth race.

McCarthy and Torres were removed from the track by stretcher and transported to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Karamanos was up on his feet after the incident but was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md.

The spill happened on the far turn in the $35,000 maiden claiming event for 3-year-old fillies when Tuffy’s Way stumbled and fell while racing third, sending McCarthy to the ground near the rail. Lucky Dilly, with Karamanos aboard, were right behind and tripped over the fallen horse.

Torres was trailing the field on Kimberly B. and collided with Tuffy’s Way as she scrambled to her feet, flipping Torres head over heels. Both Tuffy’s Way and Kimberly B. were euthanized. Lucky Dilly walked off the track.

Maryland’s leading rider in 2014 and 2016, McCarthy is coming off Laurel’s fall meet championship. Karamanos is a veteran of more than 2,100 career wins and $55 million in purse earnings. Torres has won 232 races and topped $1 million in purse earnings in each of his three full seasons since turning pro in 2016.

McCarthy and Torres were replaced on their remaining mounts, while Karamanos was not named on any horses after the sixth.