Jockeys Trevor McCarthy, Horacio Karamanos, and Jomar Torres were taken to the hospital for evaluation following a three-horse spill during the sixth race Jan. 11 at Laurel Park.
McCarthy and Torres were removed from the track on stretchers and transported to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Karamanos was up on his feet after the incident but was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md.
The spill happened on the far turn in the $35,000 maiden claiming event for 3-year-old fillies when Tuffy’s Way stumbled and fell while racing in third, which sent McCarthy to the ground near the rail. Lucky Dilly, with Karamanos aboard, was right behind and fell over the fallen horse.
Torres was trailing the field on Kimberly B. and collided with Tuffy’s Way as she scrambled to her feet, which flipped Torres head over heels. Tuffy’s Way and Kimberly B. were euthanized.
Maryland’s leading rider in 2014 and 2016, McCarthy is coming off Laurel’s fall meet riding title. Karamanos is a veteran with more than 2,100 wins and $55 million in purse earnings. Torres has won 232 races and topped $1 million in purse earnings in each of his three full seasons since turning pro in 2016.