PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Veteran jockey Jose Flores has succumbed to injuries sustained in a racing accident at Parx on March 19.
The veteran horseman was in a coma following the accident in which he and his mount, Love Rules, went down between two other horses while dueling for the lead around the far turn in the ninth race, a starter allowance. The Pooch and Ruben Silvera fell over Love Rules and Flores. Both apparently escaped uninjured. Carol Cedeno was unseated from Easy River and escaped injury.
Flores, a native of Peru, was a dominant rider at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa. in the 1990's winning that track's riding championships in 1994 and 1996 through 1998. He went to the Penn National winners' circle 2,215 times during his tenure there.
In 1999, on the advice of mega-trainer Scott Lake, Flores moved his tack to Philadelphia Park (now Parx).
He won the Parx riding championship in 2004 with 168 wins. He was elected to the Parx Hall of Fame in 2013. His record closes with 2,255 wins at the Bensalem oval. Lifetime, he recorded 4,650 winners from 28,684 mounts.
Flores, who won over 1,200 races for Lake, was remembered by the trainer as “a great person, a great friend.” Lake described Flores as a jockey who had “an aggressive style. He had a knack for making a move a jump or two before everyone else.”
Information supplied by Terry Meyocks, the Jockeys' Guild national manager, said jockey Mario Chavez was the last rider to die as a result of race riding accident. Chavez died at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla. In October 2017.
Flores was married to former jockey Joanne McDaid. They have a 7-year-old son. Flores also has two adult sons.
Parx Director of Racing Sam Elliot described Flores as “a mentor to other riders and a professional gentleman at all times. He's the epitome of what a jockey should be.” The track canceled the March 20 card in salute to Flores.
The entire Parx Racing team is deeply saddened by the loss of Parx Hall of Fame Jockey, Jose Flores. He embodied all that is good in the world of horse racing, and will be missed immensely. We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to his family https://t.co/yGnls7IBDB— Parx Racing (@parxracing) March 22, 2018
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