Jockey, 19, killed as two horses collide in horror training accident

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A teenage jockey was tragically killed in Florida on Saturday after two horses collided in a tragic training ground accident. Daniel Quintero, 19, was working at Tampa Bay Downs racecourse when the incident occured and died instantly after the horror crash.

Quintero’s horse is believed to have bolted the wrong way around the track and collided with another horse moving in the opposite direction. Remarkably, neither horse or the other jockey sustained any serious injuries.

A minute’s silence was held at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday before racing began and at other local tracks as tributes poured in for the 19-year-old, who was born in Venezuela.

Colleague Sydney Fried said: “I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face and he was always trying to put a smile on yours.”

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