ALBANY -- Veteran exercise rider Ignacio Ramirez sustained fatal injuries Sunday morning when the horse he was aboard flipped over and fell on him in the barn area at Golden Gate Fields.
Ramirez, 58, had just left the barn and was heading to the racetrack for a workout when the filly he was riding became spooked by something and flipped over suddenly. The filly, a thoroughbred racehorse, was not injured.
"This was a tragic accident," said Golden Gate Fields general manager Robert Hartman. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ignacio's family and friends. It's a very sad day for the entire racing community."