SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> A neck-and-neck finish in Saratoga’s third race was the last thing most of the crowd was focused on as the winner crossed the wire.
It was focused at the start of the turn on the turf course where Angels Seven was pulled up, unable to place weight on her leg. Within a few moments, a screen had been raised — shielding the view from the spectators as Angels Seven was euthanized and placed in the back of an equine ambulance.
“It was just a shock to both of us,” jockey Dylan Davis said. “I just ride my race, and it just happened out of nowhere. And these things happen in the horse racing business. It put me in surprise, but I did my best to pull up safely. Thank goodness the horse stayed up with me and let me get back home safely.”
Davis, a Saratoga native, has ridden four horses that have died while competing in the state of New York. That includes a date just five months ago when both he and his sister Jacqueline Davis both rode horses that broke down on the same day at Aqueduct Park, according to the New York State Gaming Commission.
Dylan Davis came back to ride Small Bear to a runner up in The Curlin Stakes. It was his best placement in the 13 mounts he’s had at Saratoga this summer. He was all smiles after that accomplishment, but hadn’t forgotten about earlier in the day.
“Unfortunately, it happens to every jockey,” Davis said. “It just comes down to when. It does, it does. You’re right there, witnessing what happens. This is part of the game, you get a little callused about it. Your do feel the…
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