On Wednesday, a jockey was killed in a horse racing accident at the Crooked River Roundup located in Prineville, Oregon. Eduardo Gutiérrez Sosa, 29, was riding 2-year-old “Godfather Advice” during the first race and was thrown from the horse after hitting the inside rail.
After a 30-minute delay, a second race was held. Shortly after, race director Doug Smith made an announcement over the speaker system that Gutiérrez Sosa had died from his injuries. Smith and other Roundup officials were heartbroken by the news.
Godfather Advice had been trained by Gutiérrez Sosa’s wife, Rosa Rodriguez. In 2019, Gutiérrez Sosa was the co-leading rider at the Roundup.
Gutiérrez Sosa has won 171 Quarter Horse races and 194 Thoroughbred races over a 9-year career, starting in 2013. He had regularly raced at tracks across the northwest including the Portland Meadows and Grant’s Pass Downs.
The Prineville Police Department and the Oregon State Racing Commission are conducting a joint investigation. Police went on to report that several citizens donated their tickets from Wednesday night’s races to the family and added that donation buckets will be located at the betting windows the next three nights of the races for those who would like to contribute to Sosa’s family.
Gutiérrez Sosa is survived by his wife and their three children. Racing resumed today at the Crooked River Roundup.