Parx Racing To Host Visitation, Memorial Service For Jose Luis Flores On Tuesday

Friends and members of the Parx Racing community surround the family of jockey Jose Luis Flores during a ceremony held in his honor on Saturday
Flores, 57, died in a Philadelphia hospital on Thursday, three days after suffering severe head injuries in a ninth race accident at Parx. Love Rules, the horse Flores was aboard, was racing for the lead and suddenly fell near the three-eighths pole of the six-furlong race after fracturing its shoulder. The jockey appeared to be struck by a trailing horse.

Flores was in a coma when he arrived at the hospital and placed on life support while family out of state was notified of the gravity of his injuries. He never regained consciousness. On Thursday, after family had arrived from as far away as Florida, the decision was made to remove life support equipment after fulfilling his previous commitment to be an organ donor. Flores died shortly thereafter.

He is the 157th rider to die from from a racing accident since the Jockeys' Guild began keeping track of the grim statistic in the early 1940s, according to Guild's national manager, Terry Meyocks. Mario Chavez, who succumbed to injuries suffered in an accident at Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma last October, was the last jockey killed in a race. Continue reading

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