(CNN) — Racing will continue Friday at the northern California track where a jockey fell off his horse and later died.
Jorge Herrera, 33, died Thursday at Eden Trauma Center in Castro Valley from a head injury. He was racing in his second event of the day at the track in Pleasanton when he was thrown from his horse, Morito, which appeared to clip the heels of another horse and stumble. Herrera lurched forward and went over Morito’s head as the horse righted itself and continued.
“He was stepped on by either his horse or another horse and suffered severe head trauma,” April Mitchell, a spokeswoman for the Alameda County Fair Association, told CNN affiliate KPIX. “We deeply mourn this loss today.”
Mitchell told CNN in an e-mail that racing would begin at its usual time on Friday, with a moment of silence after the national anthem. The racetrack chaplain also will speak, she said.
The racing death is the first since jockey Mark Villa died at a New Mexico track in September 2010 and is a stark reminder of the physical toll the sport can take.