ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2014)–Following Thursday’s third race, the Santa Anita jockey colony assembled in the winner’s circle to honor 17-year-old apprentice Juan Saez, who died Tuesday night following a spill earlier in the day at Indiana Grand Race Course, in Shelbyville, Indiana.
Although Saez, whose career began this past June in Kentucky, had never ridden at Santa Anita, he was known by several locally-based riders and regarded as one of America’s most promising up and coming jockeys. With a picture of Saez on the track’s Infield video monitor, Public Address Commentator Trevor Denman also noted the recent passing of Australia-based jockeys Caitlin Forrest and Carly-Mae Pye, and asked that everyone observe a moment of silence in their collective honor.
Santa Anita Park and the Saez family have asked that those who are so inclined donate in memory of Juan Saez to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), P.O. Box 803, Elmhurst, Ill., 60126, or to pdjf.org.