Sunday afternoon, jockey Jose Ortiz was involved in a one-horse spill that occured on Belmont Park's fourth race of the card. Ortiz was riding HAPPY HAPPY B down the stretch when he was thrown off the saddle, landing in a way that prompted hospital examination of his ankle.
Per his agent, Jimmy Rico, in conversation with Horse Racing Nation, Ortiz was okay; he "checked out good" and would not be missing any time from the races.
Jose Ortiz took to Social Media to give fans and supporters an update on his condition, posting the following to his Instagram and Twitter:
Unfortunately, HAPPY HAPPY B, who is trained by Robertino Diodoro and co-owned by Cypress Creek Equine and Arnold Bennewith, suffered fatal injury and was euthanized on the track. According to the chart notes, HAPPY HAPPY B was rallying belatedly in the stretch before falling badly seventy yards from the wire.
HAPPY HAPPY B was a two-year-old son of HONOR CODE out of INCLINATION by VICTORY GALLOP. He was making his third career start after finishing second in his maiden debut, and third in his subsequent start, the Funny Cide Stakes. He was bred by Southern Equine Stables, LLC and produced $41,000 in earnings for his connections.
Source: Equibase, Horse Racing Nation
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