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Jockey Mendez Released from Hospital

Rider was injured after winning Los Alamitos Claiming Futurity on Saturday.

June 17, 2013

Santiago Mendez

Santiago Mendez * Scott Martinez photo

Jockey Santiago Mendez was released from the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center on Sunday afternoon and was resting at his home following an accident in the winner’s circle area after the running of Saturday’s $61,600 Los Alamitos Claiming Futurity.

Mendez was in the winner’s circle after guiding the Dan Ray and John Orlandini-owned filly Alota Cartel to an impressive wire to wire three-quarter length victory in the 350-yard Claiming Futurity. But all thoughts immediately turned to Mendez when his mount bucked him off to the ground as they prepared to have their photograph taken. The jockey appeared to be unconscious immediately after the fall, but he regained alertness several minutes later. He was transported to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and kept overnight for further observation. He was released on Sunday and while still very sore, and he was feeling better according to reports. The talented rider is currently the meet’s eighth leading Quarter Horse jockey with 22 victories. Alota Cartel walked out of the winner’s circle under her own power.