19-year-old young jockey dead: A teenager dies suddenly at a Florida racetrack during a training accident. Daniel Quintero, a 19-year-old training rider who died after a training accident Saturday morning, has been mourned by Tampa Bay Downs, according to the track. Let’s see Who Daniel Quintero was and what happened to him in detail.
Who was Daniel Quintero?
The death of a training rider Saturday morning has devastated horse racing fans at Tampa Bay Downs and Florida. According to Tampa Bay Downs’ social media sites, rider Daniel Quintero, 19, died in an accident during training in the establishment.
Sidney Freed, a pony rider at Tampa Bay Downs, said this to a British tabloid Daniel “was an intelligent young man.” “Despite his limited command of English, he made an effort to learn more every day. He was constantly observing his surroundings. He was never afraid to ask a question, and once he got the answer, he picked it up extremely quickly.”
Quintero, a native of Venezuela who had only recently started riding at Tampa Bay Downs, had left after a short gallop at Boynton Beach’s Palm Meadows Training Center. In Palm Meadows last December, Fried met with Quintero.
Fried said, “He always tried to put a smile on your face, and I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face.” He was eager to learn and didn’t consider himself lethargic. Daniel wasn’t afraid to put in the necessary work because improvement required it.
“(His death) is incredibly sad because he was one of the first people to greet me every morning. For all of us who had the pleasure of knowing Daniel, tomorrow will be difficult.
Around 7 a.m., a man was reported to have fallen at the racetrack, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and paramedics pronounced him dead there.
“The entire racetrack community extends its condolences to his family and friends,” a Tampa Bay Downs Facebook post read. Many people reacted questioning why the track continues to hold races on Saturdays.
What happened to Daniel Quintero?
According to the Racing Post, “The 19-year-old horse spun the wrong way around the track, colliding with an advancing anti-clockwise galloper.
The aspiring jockey and working rider is reported to have died instantly as a result of the accident. The horse and the other rider were not injured.
How did the crash happen?
Quintero reportedly rode the horse for trainer Robert Wernette, according to Marty McGee of the Daily Racing Form. When the horse came off the track in the wrong direction (clockwise), according to sources on the ground, Quintero had taken his feet out of the iron and ran into a galloper (moving counterclockwise).
Quintero was reported to have died instantly as a result of the collision. The tragic accident did not harm the animals or the other rider.
We are extremely saddened to learn of the tragic event today at Tampa Bay Downs. @BritneyEurton and @BrodyLogan talk about it. Our condolences to the family and friends of Daniel Quintero who was only 19 years old. pic.twitter.com/L92bC0mlhu
— TVG (@TVG) January 21, 2023
How do people react to this incident?
Social media users expressed their condolences, with some, like veteran jockey Jose L. Verenzuela, tweeting in Spanish and showing a photo of Quintero wearing a helmet from a previous event. Another person who expressed support on Facebook was Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado.
I see horses out of control and almost never hear the riders warning others. Clashes happen due to lack of communication. When I’m out of control, everyone within an eighth of a mile knows it because I’m like a foghorn. Likewise, if I see an out-of-control horse coming toward me, I turn to minimize the risk of contact. I’ve been riding consistently for 40 years, training and racing, and I’ve never been in a crash. It’s not because I’m anything special or super lucky. I’m just paying attention and I’m not ashamed to shout out loud to warn others. This has to be said because I have seen numerous collisions and no one has ever been held accountable.
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Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family of Daniel Quintero, 19, who lost his life this morning in a training accident in Tampa Bay. We’re not here to share details or rumours—we know what matters, and that’s that Daniel was a young, inspired racer who was part of our racing community and we lost him way too soon.
Our coach was there this morning when it happened… sounds like a tragic accident. There are no words to express our sadness upon learning this news. Prayers for all involved with the horses and the family and friends of this brave young man taken far too soon. I also pray for those who attended and responded as I am sure they are traumatized and grief stricken.
I’m so sorry. People always say that being an athlete is dangerous. Well, some people get on those horses in the morning and risk their lives and health for the job they love.
People who have never galloped a racehorse will think you can just adjust your weight or force them to slow down. When your legs are out of the iron, you don’t have the weight to control. I kicked my feet out of the iron just before I got to the barn and my horse spooked, it was a serious situation that ended up jumping a harrow before “we” decided to stop at the barn wall. Tampa Bay Downs held a moment of silence to honor Quintero at 12:20 PM ET before the first post on Saturday’s card. The song expressed its condolences to Quintero’s family members and friends.
Jockeys and their valets observe a minute’s silence in honor of 19-year-old jockey Daniel Quintero, who died this morning in a training accident. pic.twitter.com/CqKVUFPQEF
— Tampa Bay Downs (@TampaBayDownsFL) January 21, 2023
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