Richard Gamez Bio, Richard Gamez Wiki
Richard Gamez was killed during a race on Sunday, March 1st when he was trampled after falling from his horse at Rillito Park Racetrack in Arizona.
We are devastated to have lost a member of our Rillito family. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Richard’s family and friends. Richard was a fantastic human being and a true horseman. Today we are all GAMEZ. pic.twitter.com/TO8PozJKvh
— Rillito Park (@RillitoPark) March 2, 2020
According to the Arizona Daily Star, Gamez was riding his horse Drama Is Overrated when he was unseated from his saddle during the fifth race of the day. After falling to the track, Gamez was crushed by at least one other horse.
“He was a good guy. A hell of a guy. He loved horses,” his friend, Hector Pinedo, told the Arizona Daily Star. “He loved the sport of kings, and he died doing what he did best.”
He is a 66-year-old Jockey
Richard Gamez Career
Gamez had amassed 643 wins from 4,642 mounts since 1976, Arizona Central noted.
A statement from the Rillito Park Foundation, which oversees the track, said that Gamez had been riding at the racetrack since childhood, according to The Daily Racing Form.
“We are devastated to have lost a member of our Rillito family,” the foundation said in the statement. “Our deepest sympathy goes out to Richard’s family and friends. Richard was a fantastic human being and a true horseman.”
Richard Gamez Death & Cause
“We’ve had jockeys get injured here before, but nothing like this,” Wells said. “The accident was such that it didn’t really have anything to do with his age. I’m no medical expert, but we believe the brain injury was such that he wouldn’t have survived if he’d been 20.”
He was transported to Banner-University Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Richard Gamez Family
Gamez’s two brothers are also riders, the outlet said, and the rest of his family works in various positions within the sport.
“The Gamez family is an extended family, and if people aren’t jockeys, they’re trainers,” Wells told the Daily Star. “It’s just amazing how broadly the Gamez family affects the horse-racing community in Southern Arizona.”
Hector Pinedo, Gamez’s longtime friend, added to the Daily Star: “He was a good guy. A hell of a guy. He loved horses… He loved the sport of kings, and he died doing what he did best.”