Fundraising efforts underway after exercise rider's death

November 14, 2019 11:01am

In the wake of an injury to and the subsequent death of Juan Becerra, an exercise rider for the Steve Asmussen barn, a relative is fundraising to help his wife and children.

A nephew of 
Becerra wife had collected close to $9,000 as of Thursday morning through a GoFundMe to assist with funeral expenses.

According to the NYRA Press Office, 
Becerra lost consciousness while exercising a horse on the Belmont Park training track on Friday morning and fell from his mount. He was transported to Winthrop Hospital where he was placed on life support, but did not recover.

"Our hearts and condolences go out to Juan's family and friends," said Toby Sheets, assistant trainer to Steve Asmussen. "He was a greatly respected member of our team who was dedicated to his family and to the horses in our care."

"Juan Becerra was a beloved member of the New York racing community who always had time to share his knowledge and help others," said 
said Reverend Humberto Chavez, chaplain for NYRA racetracks. "Horses were his passion. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues." 

NYRA's horsemen and the racing community were scheduled observe a moment of silence following Thursday's fifth race at the Aqueduct finish line.

A memorial for Becerra will be held on Monday, November 18 from 7-9 p.m. at Elmont Funeral Home located at 1529 Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont, N.Y.


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