Jockey Eduardo Gutiérrez Sosa dies in racing accident in Oregon
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Eduardo Gutiérrez Sosa, a journeyman jockey who has completed more than 2,500 starts on small tracks around the Pacific Northwest and neighboring states, died Wednesday night in a racing accident in central Oregon.
A participant in the annual Crooked River Roundup in Prineville, Gutiérrez was knocked down on the rail in the middle of a 250-yard run for the first 2-year-old quarter horse, according to a newspaper article, the race chart and an amateur video .
Video recorded from the middle of the stand showed Gutiérrez Sosa losing control of Godfather Advice, who had room to himself in the middle of the peloton when he crashed into the rail. As the 2 year old continued to move forward he partially obscured the view, but it appeared that Gutiérrez Sosa may have landed head first on the inside of the rail.
the Central Oregon reported that Gutiérrez Sosa’s head hit the rail before it hit the ground. He appeared unconscious in the last frames of the 15-second video.
According to the Equibase racing chart, Godfather Advice “left” after what was his second start. Bred and owned by Enrique Garibay Ceja and coached by Rosa Rodríguez, he finished last in his debut on June 15 with Gutiérrez Sosa riding him up to Grants Pass Downs.
The wooden grandstand at the Crooked County Fairgrounds was packed with spectators watching Wednesday’s first run of the four-day annual meet that was canceled last year due to COVID. Cheering for joy throughout the finish of the race, the crowd apparently did not immediately realize the severity of Gutiérrez Sosa’s injury.
Another race was held on Wednesday about 30 minutes late before the last six were called off.
According to the newspaper’s report, the crowd was shocked when race director Doug Smith went on the public address system to announce that Gutiérrez Sosa had passed away. Fighting his emotions, Smith said it was the first time he had experienced the death of a jockey in more than 40 years in the sport.
Smith said racing would resume as scheduled on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the last three evenings of the short competition.
With five wins in 22 starts, Gutiérrez-Sosa shared the riding title in the 2019 Crooked River Roundup. Over a nine-year career, he has raced 1,592 thoroughbred starts with 194 wins and 858,215 $ of earnings. In quarter horse races he rode 919 times, won 171 and made $ 788,120.
Gutiérrez-Sosa has won 12 thoroughbred racing appearances, the largest of which in Idaho were worth just under $ 12,000 each. Each time, he finished first on Al Faatik in the summer of 2015 at Bois Park. His other wins in stakes came in Oregon at Grants Pass Downs, Harney County Fair, Portland Meadows and Crooked County Fairgrounds as well as the Elko County Fair in Nevada.
Gutiérrez Sosa’s age and the names of his survivors were not immediately available.