EXERCISE RIDER LUEVANO DIES DURING TRAINING HOURS AT LOS ALAMITOS
Alfredo Luevano, 53, died early this morning in a training incident at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California. Mr. Luevano was exercising a filly on the backstretch when the incident occurred. He was on the ground when assistance first arrived, while the filly ran off under her power. As of now, there have been no eyewitness accounts with any precise details on the incident. Mr. Luevano was rushed to Long Beach Memorial, where he was pronounced dead.
The horse, a 2-year-old filly named Fly From The Fire, was not injured. She had previously made five starts this year for trainer Mike Casselman and was entered in the seventh race here on Saturday night. Track management has since confirmed that Fly From The Fire will be scratched from this race as a precaution.
“On behalf of the Los Alamitos Race Course family, we express our deepest condolences to Mr. Luevano’s family members and friends,” said Los Alamitos Race Course spokesperson Orlando Gutierrez.
Born in the city of Luis Moya in Zacatecas, Mexico, Mr. Luevano had a total of 33 mounts during his professional riding career with most of his rides taking place in Mexico and Colorado. He was issued an exercise rider license by the California Horse Racing Board earlier this year.
Alfredo Luevano is survived by his wife, Marisela Martinez, their children, Lisbet, Alfredo Jr., Alex, Aldo, and Camila, six grandchildren and his father, Augustine. A moment of silence will be held in his memory before Sunday’s race card at Los Alamitos.