Jockey killed in horse race at Alameda County Fair

Jorge Herrera, 33,, thrown from horse in final race of day

A 33-year-old jockey was thrown from his horse and killed in the final race of the day yesterday at the Alameda County Fair.

The jockey, Jorge Herrera, was racing in the final race of the day when he fell from the thoroughbred "Morita" at about 5:15 p.m., according to a spokeswoman for the Fair.

Morita or another horse was believed to have stepped on Herrera's head, causing severe head trauma.

Racetrack paramedics treated Herrera at the scene before transporting him to Eden Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

"We are in shock and sorrow," fair organizers said in a statement. "Our heartfelt sentiments go out to his family."

Condolences can be left on the fair's Facebook and Twitter accounts, organizers said.


There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Another bad idea from the air board
By Tim Hunt | 20 comments | 3,159 views

Good-Guys were here without me
By Roz Rogoff | 0 comments | 680 views