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September 10, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
J.C. Gonzalez, a promising young jockey, was trampled to death by horses Thursday in a spill at the Fairplex Park track on the opening day of horse racing at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. It was the first racing fatality in 61 years of racing at the fairgrounds, according to George Bradvica, operations and racing manager there. Gonzalez is the first thoroughbred jockey to die in a race at a Southern California track since Alvaro Pineda died at Santa Anita in 1975.
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September 11, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's not a question of IF you'll ever go down, it's just a question of when. --Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens They ran the third race at Fairplex Park in Pomona on Friday with about 50 of J.C. Gonzalez's fellow jockeys, family and friends standing near the winner's circle. They were waiting, shortly after the horses crossed the finish line, to pay silent tribute to the 23-year-old jockey who was killed in a spill at the Los Angeles County Fair on Thursday.
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November 27, 1991 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Corey Nakatani, one of three jockeys involved in a spill during Sunday's fourth race at Hollywood Park, will ride today. Nakatani, who said he could have ridden later in the program Sunday, is entered on six horses. Alex Solis, whose mount, Ask The Man, broke down near the quarter pole, said he is still sore and bruised. Solis isn't entered on any horses today or Thursday but hopes to ride later in the week.
NEWS
September 10, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
J.C. Gonzalez, a promising young jockey, was trampled to death by horses Thursday in a spill at the Fairplex Park track on the opening day of horse racing at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. It was the first racing fatality in 61 years of racing at the fairgrounds, according to George Bradvica, operations and racing manager there. Gonzalez is the first thoroughbred jockey to die in a race at a Southern California track since Alvaro Pineda died at Santa Anita in 1975.
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August 28, 1991 | STEVE ANDERSEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With more than 2,500 victories in his 24-year riding career, jockey John Creager won't list last Sunday's $11,150 Vandy's Flash Handicap among his biggest. Still, it probably won't soon be forgotten. The victory aboard Zesty Re Run was Creager's first of the weekend and marked his return to the winner's circle since he suffered multiple injuries in a spill in Idaho in late July. The 40-year-old Creager, who won the 1982 Champion of Champions aboard Sgt.
SPORTS
September 11, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's not a question of IF you'll ever go down, it's just a question of when. --Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens They ran the third race at Fairplex Park in Pomona on Friday with about 50 of J.C. Gonzalez's fellow jockeys, family and friends standing near the winner's circle. They were waiting, shortly after the horses crossed the finish line, to pay silent tribute to the 23-year-old jockey who was killed in a spill at the Los Angeles County Fair on Thursday.
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June 6, 1992 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jockey Alex Solis escaped serious injury Friday when he was involved in a spill during the fifth race at Hollywood Park. The leading rider at Santa Anita earlier this year and second behind Kent Desormeaux in the Hollywood Park standings, Solis was riding favored Rose Window when he went down approaching the far turn. Attempting to split Love Of The Arts and Dixie Derby, Solis and Rose Window clipped the heels of Dixie Derby, who was ridden by David Flores, and fell.
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September 18, 1991 | STEVE ANDERSEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Debbie Freeman had already ridden two winners when she entered the gate for Saturday night's ninth race aboard Courageous Venture. The gelding was running slightly behind the leaders on the turn of the 870-yard race when he was cut off by a rival. Courageous Venture stumbled, forcing Freeman, 31, out of the saddle to the gelding's left. She managed to pull her right leg back over the horse's back, but the momentum pushed her too far. She fell to the track, but clear of the trailing horses.
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September 25, 1992 | JAY HOVDEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jockey Sandi Gann, champion of the 1991-92 season at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, suffered ligament damage and two broken bones in her neck along with a dislocated right thumb when she was thrown in the 12th race Wednesday at Fairplex Park. "There's no paralysis," said Ivan Puhich, Gann's agent. "She is very lucky." Jockey Frank Alvarado was held responsible for the spill by Fairplex Park stewards David Samuel, Tom Ward and Will Meyers.
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September 23, 1992 | JAY HOVDEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joe Clark's job is tough enough. He doesn't need unnecessary risks. As one of the assistant starters on Jay Slender's gate crew at Fairplex Park, Clark finds himself cheek to cheek with nasty, ill-behaved animals all day. So what was Clark doing out there in the middle of the track Monday afternoon, waving a rake at an oncoming field of thoroughbreds? Saving lives.
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December 12, 1992 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kent Desormeaux, who leads the nation's jockeys in purse money, will probably be sidelined for at least a week after being kicked in the head by a horse in a second-race spill Friday at Hollywood Park. Desormeaux was taken to Centinela Hospital Medical Center, where he was kept overnight while being treated for head trauma. The 22-year-year jockey also suffered head cuts and bruises when he was unseated in a bizarre finish to a six-furlong maiden race for $32,000 claiming horses.
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September 25, 1992 | JAY HOVDEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jockey Sandi Gann, champion of the 1991-92 season at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, suffered ligament damage and two broken bones in her neck along with a dislocated right thumb when she was thrown in the 12th race Wednesday at Fairplex Park. "There's no paralysis," said Ivan Puhich, Gann's agent. "She is very lucky." Jockey Frank Alvarado was held responsible for the spill by Fairplex Park stewards David Samuel, Tom Ward and Will Meyers.
SPORTS
September 23, 1992 | JAY HOVDEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joe Clark's job is tough enough. He doesn't need unnecessary risks. As one of the assistant starters on Jay Slender's gate crew at Fairplex Park, Clark finds himself cheek to cheek with nasty, ill-behaved animals all day. So what was Clark doing out there in the middle of the track Monday afternoon, waving a rake at an oncoming field of thoroughbreds? Saving lives.
SPORTS
June 6, 1992 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jockey Alex Solis escaped serious injury Friday when he was involved in a spill during the fifth race at Hollywood Park. The leading rider at Santa Anita earlier this year and second behind Kent Desormeaux in the Hollywood Park standings, Solis was riding favored Rose Window when he went down approaching the far turn. Attempting to split Love Of The Arts and Dixie Derby, Solis and Rose Window clipped the heels of Dixie Derby, who was ridden by David Flores, and fell.
SPORTS
November 27, 1991 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Corey Nakatani, one of three jockeys involved in a spill during Sunday's fourth race at Hollywood Park, will ride today. Nakatani, who said he could have ridden later in the program Sunday, is entered on six horses. Alex Solis, whose mount, Ask The Man, broke down near the quarter pole, said he is still sore and bruised. Solis isn't entered on any horses today or Thursday but hopes to ride later in the week.
SPORTS
September 18, 1991 | STEVE ANDERSEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Debbie Freeman had already ridden two winners when she entered the gate for Saturday night's ninth race aboard Courageous Venture. The gelding was running slightly behind the leaders on the turn of the 870-yard race when he was cut off by a rival. Courageous Venture stumbled, forcing Freeman, 31, out of the saddle to the gelding's left. She managed to pull her right leg back over the horse's back, but the momentum pushed her too far. She fell to the track, but clear of the trailing horses.
SPORTS
December 12, 1992 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kent Desormeaux, who leads the nation's jockeys in purse money, will probably be sidelined for at least a week after being kicked in the head by a horse in a second-race spill Friday at Hollywood Park. Desormeaux was taken to Centinela Hospital Medical Center, where he was kept overnight while being treated for head trauma. The 22-year-year jockey also suffered head cuts and bruises when he was unseated in a bizarre finish to a six-furlong maiden race for $32,000 claiming horses.
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August 28, 1991 | STEVE ANDERSEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With more than 2,500 victories in his 24-year riding career, jockey John Creager won't list last Sunday's $11,150 Vandy's Flash Handicap among his biggest. Still, it probably won't soon be forgotten. The victory aboard Zesty Re Run was Creager's first of the weekend and marked his return to the winner's circle since he suffered multiple injuries in a spill in Idaho in late July. The 40-year-old Creager, who won the 1982 Champion of Champions aboard Sgt.
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