Who was Daniel Quintero? Tragic accident of the 19 year-old young jockey at Tampa bay downs explained


Who was Daniel Quintero? Tragic accident of the 19 year-old young jockey at Tampa bay downs explained

19-year-old young jockey Dead: A teenager dies suddenly at a Florida racetrack during a training accident. Daniel Quintero, a 19-year-old exercise rider who passed away following a training mishap on Saturday morning, is mourned by Tampa Bay Downs, according to the track. Let’s see Who was Daniel Quintero and what happened to him in detail.

Who was Daniel Quintero?

The death of an exercise rider on Saturday morning has devastated Tampa Bay Downs and Florida horse racing fans. According to Tampa Bay Downs’ social media sites, exercise rider Daniel Quintero, 19, passed away in an accident during a training session at the establishment.

Sydney Fried, a pony rider at Tampa Bay Downs, told a British tabloid that Daniel “was an intelligent young man.” “Despite his limited English proficiency, he made an effort to learn more every day. He was constantly observant of his surroundings. He was never afraid to ask a question, and once he had the answer, he picked it up extremely quickly.”

Venezuelan-born Quintero, who had only recently started riding at Tampa Bay Downs, had left after briefly galloping at Boynton Beach’s Palm Meadows Training Center. At Palm Meadows in December of last year, Fried met Quintero.

Fried stated, “He was always trying to put a grin on your face and I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face.” He was eager to learn and did not consider himself to be lethargic. Daniel wasn’t afraid to put in the necessary work because improvement requires it.

“(His death) is incredibly sad because he was one of the first people to greet me every morning. For all of us who had the pleasure of knowing Daniel, tomorrow will be difficult.

Around 7 a.m., a man was reported to be down at the racecourse, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and paramedics declared him dead there.

“The entire racetrack community expresses its condolences to his family members and friends,” a Tampa Bay Downs Facebook post read. A lot of people reacting questioned why the racetrack continued to hold races Saturday.

What happened to Daniel Quintero?

According to the Racing Post, “the 19-year-horse old’s bolted the wrong way around the track, colliding with an advancing galloper traveling counter-clockwise.”

The ambitious jockey and work rider reportedly passed away instantly as a result of the incident. The horse and the other rider sustained no physical injuries.

How did the accident happen?

Quintero was reportedly riding a horse for trainer Robert Werneth, according to Marty McGee of the Daily Racing Form. When the horse went off the track in the incorrect direction (clockwise), according to on-site sources, Quintero had his feet out of the irons and ran into a galloper (traveling counterclockwise).

Quintero reportedly passed away instantly as a result of the collision. The tragic incident did not harm the animals or the other rider.

How do people react to this accident?

Social media users expressed their condolences, with some, like seasoned jockey José L. Verenzuela, tweeting in Spanish and displaying a picture of Quintero wearing his helmet from a prior event. Another person who expressed support on Facebook was Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado.

Andy Durnin

I see horses out of control and I hardly ever hear the riders giving others a heads-up. Collisions happen because of a lack of communication. When I’m out of control, everyone within an eighth of a mile knows about it because I’m like a foghorn. Likewise, if I see an out-of-control horse coming at me, I turn around to minimize the risk of contact. I’ve been riding constantly for 40 years, exercising and racing, and have never been in a collision. This is not because I’m something special or extra lucky. I simply pay attention and I’m not too embarrassed to shout out loud to warn others. This needs to be said because I’ve seen multiple collisions and no one is ever held accountable.

Horse Racing Today

Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family of Daniel Quintero, 19, who lost his life this morning in a training accident at Tampa Bay. We aren’t here to share details or hearsay – we know what matters, and that is that Daniel was a young, inspired, rider who was a part of our racing community and we lost him too soon. 

Karen Bush

Our trainer was there this morning, when this happened…sounded like a tragic accident. No words can express our sadness upon hearing this news. Prayers for all those connected to the horses that were involved, and for the family and friends of this brave young man taken way too soon. Also praying for those who were present, and responded, as I am sure they are traumatized and grief-stricken.

Nona Kaenel

I’m so very sorry. People always say that being a jock is dangerous. Well, some people get on these horses in the morning and also risk life and limb for a job they love.

Beth Coale

People who never galloped a racehorse will think you can just adjust your weight or coax them into slowing down. With your feet out of the irons, you do not have the weight to control. I kicked my feet out of the irons just before getting to the barn and my horse got spooked it was a serious situation that ended up with him jumping a harrow before “we” decided to stop at a barn wall. Tampa Bay Downs had a moment of silence to honor Quintero at 12:20 p.m. ET before the first post on Saturday’s card. The track expressed its condolences to Quintero’s family members and friends.



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