Jockey Seriously Hurt in Fall at Aqueduct; Horse Dies on Track

Second jockey taken to hospital for evaluation

Saturday, Nov 27, 2010  |  Updated 4:30 PM EDT
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Jockey Seriously Hurt in Fall at Aqueduct; Horse Dies on Track

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One jockey was badly hurt in a two-horse collision at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday afternoon and his horse died on the course.

Jockey Jason Gracia suffered "multi-system trauma" when his horse clipped heels with another mount during the third race at the Queens track, according to the New York Racing Association.

As Gracia's horse, Ryan and Jack, got up, a horse coming from behind -- October Dreams -- ran into him, sending the latter horse's jockey, Jose Bermudez, soaring through the air. After the hit, Ryan and Jack fell on his already injured rider.

Tragically, Ryan and Jack suffered a fractured skull in the collision and died on the track. Both Gracia and Bermudez were taken from the course on stretchers; Gracia was unconscious at one point.

Bermudez was transported to North Shore University Hospital for evaluation. Gracia was taken to Jamaica Hospital.

The other horse wasn't injured.

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