GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Two jockeys were hurt on Tuesday night after the lights suddenly went out during a race that had just begun at Grants Pass Downs.
According to the Downs, the incident happened during the 11th and final race on Tuesday. The gates opened, and the horses came charging out into the initial stretch of the 6 1/2 furlong race. Then the track was suddenly plunged into darkness.
When the first horses reappeared under the light of a scoreboard across from the stands, two of them were without riders.
After the dust settled, jockeys Patrick Henry Jr. and Alex Anaya were taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. All six horses escaped without injury, according to Grants Pass Downs. The race was declared no contest.
Grants Pass Downs is still looking into what happened to the lights, but did not think the issue stemmed from a power outage due to other lights and electrical systems that remained on when the floodlights went out.
Both Henry and Anaya were released from the hospital on Wednesday. Despite the incident, the Downs said that Anaya won the overall Fall Meeting riding championship with 23 wins and also topped the Thoroughbred standings with 19 wins. It was the first riding title for the 22-year-old Anaya.