PLEASANTON -- A jockey was killed when he fell off his horse Thursday during a race at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
Jorge Herrera, 33, a jockey from Jalisco, Mexico, died from a massive brain injury when he was thrown from his mount shortly after the start of the eighth race.
A video of the incident on the website www.equibase.com shows Herrera riding far back in the race when his horse, Morito, appeared to clip the leg of the horse in front of it. Herrera then flipped over his horse and may have been hit by another horse going by, as well.
The five-furlong race was approaching the far turn when the accident happened about 5:15 p.m. Herrera was treated by emergency medical personnel on scene and taken to Eden Trauma Center in Castro Valley where he was later pronounced dead, according to a news release from fair racing publicist Dennis Miller.
"We are deeply saddened by this loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family," fair racing officials said in a statement. Officials said they will answer more questions about the accident at a Friday morning news conference.
Herrera's death was the first at the Alameda County Fairgrounds since 1975, when Juan Gonzalez fell.
Equibase.com said Herrera did not finish in the top three in any of his previous 10 races in 2012. He finished first 55 times and earned $679,148 in his career. He raced
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