Ruben Fuentes Sustains Multiple Injuries, Remains Hospitalized After Canterbury Spill – Horse Racing News


Ruben Fuentes

Jockey Ruben Fuentes was seriously injured in a spill on Thursday at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., reports the Star Tribune. The 24-year-old rider suffered injuries to his skull, vertebrae, and collarbone, but was able to move all his limbs.

A Facebook post from Fuentes’ girlfriend, Sydni Thompson, said he was in stable condition with surgery scheduled for Monday.

The incident occurred in the fifth race, when Malintent, a 3-year-old trained by Ronald Westermann, suffered a non-recoverable injury to his front leg and fell. Fuentes appeared to go over the horse’s head, and the horse appeared to roll over him.

Malintent was euthanized on the track, and Minnesota Racing Commission chief veterinarian Dr. Lynn Hovda said a complete necropsy will be performed.

Hpnotiq Rhythm fell over the downed horse, but escaped major injury, as did that horse’s rider, Roimes Chirinos.

Read more at the Star Tribune.

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