Apprentice jockey Kristina McManigell was taken to the hospital after her mount, High Fly Amore, broke down and fell while leading a field of $7,500 claimers at Parx Racing Jan. 17.
McManigell, 21, a native of West Salem, Ill., and a graduate of Chris
McCarron’s North American Riding Academy in Lexington, was transported
to Aria Health Hospital in northeast Philadelphia after lying motionless
on the track.
High Fly Amore, a 4-year-old High Fly
filly owned by Ruben Valdes and trained by Victor Collazo, was
euthanized after the fall. The third betting choice in the six-furlong
test for fillies and mares, High Fly Amore had taken the lead in upper
stretch and began to edge away when she broke down, sending McManigell
headfirst to the track.
“When I got to her, she was moaning and didn’t know her name,” said her agent, Joe Pagliei.
Pagliei said McManigell was undergoing an MRI and several tests the
evening of Jan. 17, but it appeared she escaped without any broken