Exclusive: Jockey Seriously Injured At Gulfstream Park On Road To Recovery
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Exclusive: Jockey Seriously Injured At Gulfstream Park On Road To Recovery

August 21, 2019


DOWN. THE BARS AND CLUBS STAY OPEN UNTIL 5 AM. I JUST TRY TO MOVE MY LEG AND I KNOW SOMETHING INSIDE ME IS BACK. NOW FOR CBS4 EXCLUSIVE: 8 DJ — A DJ WHO IS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE TALKS ABOUT HIS ACCIDENT. HIS HORSE FELL OVER, HE GOT THROWN AND THEN TRAVELED. Reporter: TOMORROW WILL BE 3 WEEKS SINCE UP-AND-COMING JOCKEY RAFAEL HERNANDEZ WENT THROUGH A NASTY ACCIDENT. IT HAPPENED RIGHT HERE AROUND THE TURN AT GULFSTREAM PARK WHERE THE SERIOUS CRASH HAPPENED INVOLVING SEVERAL JOCKEYS, A COUPLE OF HORSES. FERNANDEZ SAID HE IS BANGED UP BUT CAN’T WAIT TO GET BACK OUT HERE. RAFAEL HERNANDEZ HAS ONE NEARLY 2000 RACES IN HIS CAREER. HE HAS THE TROPHIES AND AWARDS TO PROVE IT. BUT HE SAYS HE HAS NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THIS ON A RACETRACK UNTIL OFFICIAL AFTERNOON — FAITHFUL AFTERNOON OF FEBRUARY 20. HIS HORSE CLICKED HEELS WITH THE HORSE IN FRONT SETTING OFF A TRAIN REACTION CRASH — CHAIN REACTION CRASH. HE HIT THE DIRT HARD AND BRIEFLY PASSED OUT. I JUST TRIED TO MOVE MY LEG AND I KNOW SOMETHING INSIDE ME IS BACK. — BAD. HE BELIEVES THE HORSE STEPPED ON HIM OR KICKED HIM. TODAY I TOLD POLICE TO TAKE CARE OF ME. HE SUFFERED A BROKEN COLLARBONE, FRACTURED RIBS AND HAD TO HAVE ONE OF HIS KIDNEYS REMOVED. HIS DOCTORS ASSURED HIM THAT HE WILL BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THE SPORT HE LOVES. I AM NOT THE FIRST PERSON LIVING WITH ONE KIDNEY. HE SAID IN THE HOSPITAL HE WONDERED IF HIS CAREER WAS OVER . I HAVE BEEN FEELING BETTER EVERY DAY. HE IS A RISING STAR AND ONCE WON 7 OUT OF 8 RACES IN A SINGLE DAY. HE HAS ALSO WON THE CANADIAN VERSION OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY. HIS ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO WIN THE AMERICAN VERSION. SAYS THIS ACCIDENT WHICH INJURED 2 OTHER JOCKEYS AND LED TO A HORSE BEING EUTHANIZED IS SIMPLY A PART OF HORSE RACING. I’M GOING TO KEEP ON DOING IT. THAT IS MY LIFE. HE TOLD ME HE HOPES TO BEGIN REHABBING IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS. HE SAID THERE IS NO FIRM TIMETABLE FOR HIM TO GET BACK OUT HERE ON THE TRACK BUT HE TELLS ME WHEN HE DOES HE

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