CHICAGO — Apprentice jockey Rodney Dickens, a 19-year-old from Evansville, Ind., was killed in a spill during the fifth race at Sportsman's Park Sunday.
The accident occurred approaching the stretch turn of the six-furlong race involving 10 claiming horses.
Dickens, riding a 4-year-old gelding named Rough Pride, was directly behind Special Little Guy, a 3-year-old gelding ridden by Francisco Torres. After Special Little Guy suffered a broken leg and fell, Rough Pride jumped over him and unseated Dickens. Dickens suffered severe head injuries when he fell and was hit by oncoming horses. He died at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.