Jockeys Jose Santos and Ramon Dominguez were taken by ambulance to Jamaica Hospital while jockey Eddie Martin appeared to be uninjured after a three-horse spill in Thursday's feature race at Aqueduct.
Santos, 46, was removed from the track on a stretcher and was barely moving after his mount, For a Prayer, took a bad step and fell hard to the ground turning into the stretch of the six-furlong race. Are We Dreamin, ridden by Dominguez, fell over For a Prayer, and Street Sass, ridden by Martin, fell over Are We Dreamin.
Santos, the Eclipse Award-winning rider of 1988, was complaining of back pain and was having difficulty breathing, according to track officials. Dominguez, 30, was complaining of pain in his right knee, according to his agent, Steve Rushing. Earlier on the card, Dominguez rode his meet-leading 67th winner. Martin, remarkably, appeared to escape injury, though he did not ride his mount in the nightcap, Southern Creek, who was scratched when no replacement rider was available.
"I'm all right," Martin, 43, said as he walked out of first-aid. "That's not to say I won't be sore later, because I probably will."
For a Prayer, a 3-year-old daughter of Songandaprayer owned and bred by Hobeau Farm, suffered a broken neck when she fell and died instantly, according to track veterinarian Anthony Verderosa. Are We Dreamin and Street Sass were uninjured, Verderosa said.
Santos picked up the mount on For a Prayer when apprentice Mario Madrid called in sick for the second consecutive day.