In the sport of horse racing, no one can afford to horse around. According to the Associated Press, jockey John Velazquez fell this weekend during a race at Churchill Downs when his mount, Mr. Producer, broke down, leaving the tossed jockey in a precarious position.
Velazquez landed in the path of a trailing horse and sustained a broken right clavicle as well as a possible and potentially more serious kidney injury.
Unfortunately, Mr. Producer's injury was one that commanded he be euthanized.
In a stunning ride along the rail, Velazquez rode Union Rags to victory in the Belmont Stakes this month, vindicating the colt's value after a dismal seventh-place finish at the Kentucky Derby. A highly prized rider, Velazquez will be inducted into horse racing's Hall of Fame this summer.
Whether or not this injury will end Velazquez's career is yet to be seen.