Miguel Mena: 5 Things To Know About Kentucky Derby Jockey, 34, Who Was Hit By A Car & Killed

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The racing satellite is successful mourning pursuing the heartbreaking decease of Miguel Mena. The jockey died aft being struck by a car successful Kentucky. Here’s what you request to know.

Miguel Mena was killed successful a fatal mishap successful Louisville, Kentucky, connected Sunday (Oct. 31) night, according to a connection released by Churchill Downs, per the Miami Herald. Miguel, 34, was struck by a car connected westbound Interstate 64 adjacent Jeffersontown. The jockey had gotten retired of a rideshare vehicle, crossed the eastbound lanes of the highway, and climbed implicit a retaining wall. Miguel was past struck by a conveyance traveling successful the westbound lanes, and helium died astatine the scene. The operator of the car was interviewed but not charged. The probe is pending.

Miguel’s decease was confirmed by 1 of his trainers, Al Stall Jr., per USA Today. “He was a talented rider and a precise likable guy,” Stall said. “He worked my champion horses successful the mornings and rode immoderate successful the afternoon. He had a tremendous magnitude of talent, and helium delivered for america implicit the years.” As the racing satellite mourns this tragedy, here’s what you request to cognize astir this fantastic rider.

Libertyrun, ridden by Miguel Mena, wins a maiden peculiar value contention connected Indiana Derby Day astatine Indiana Grand Casino successful Shelbyville, Indiana, successful July 2020 (Cady Couldarot/CSM/Shutterstock)

1. Miguel Mena Was A Jockey

The antheral calved Jose Mena Rodriguez began racing horses successful the United States successful 2003. At the clip of his death, helium had tally successful a full of 16,232 races, per Equibase, winning 2,079 of them (with 2,134 second-place finishes.) In his agelong and storied career, Miguel had earned implicit $72.4 million in contention purses.

2. Miguel Mena Raced In The Kentucky Derby — Twice.

Miguel had 2 vocation Grade 1 victories: connected Champagne d’Oro successful the 2010 Test Stakes astatine Saratoga and Pool Play successful the 2011 Stephen Foster astatine Churchill Downs, per USA Today. His different high-profile wins see a 2015 expanse of the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes, the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes, and the Louisiana Derby with International Star. He rode doubly successful the Kentucky Derby: archetypal successful 2010, wherever helium finished 20th connected the horse., Backtalk; and successful 2020, wherever helium finished ninth portion riding Necker Island.  Overall, Miguel won 481 races astatine Churchill Downs, which ranked him No. 15 all-time astatine the track.

3. Miguel Was Still Racing At The Time Of His Death.

Miguel often raced astatine Keeneland, Churchill Downs, and different tracks successful Kentucky. His past contention was Saturday (Oct. 30) astatine Keeneland, according to WTVQ.

“This quality is perfectly shocking, terrible, and heartbreaking,” Churchill Downs Racetrack President Mike Anderson said successful a property release, per WTVQ. “Our squad is devastated to larn of Miguel’s passing. He was specified a courageous rider who fought to flooded respective challenges and adversity. We’ll miss his agleam smile.”

4. He Hails From Peru.

Miguel was calved successful Lima, Peru, connected Nov. 6, 1986. He died conscionable a fewer days abbreviated of his 35th birthday.  His begetter was besides a jockey, and his uncle worked arsenic a trainer, per WTVQ. At property 6, Miguel would spell to the way with his begetter and imagination of becoming a jockey, conscionable similar him. He began grooming horses astatine property 11, attended the Jorge Bernardini Yori Jockey School successful Peru astatine property 14, and relocated to the United States astatine property 17.

During his career, Miguel fell from a equine successful March 2018, which resulted successful 8 terrible fractured bones successful his ankle and heel. After months of carnal therapy, helium returned to the saddle successful September 2018 and rode his archetypal contention backmost from wounded successful October. The comeback was recognized successful February 2020, erstwhile helium was awarded the archetypal Randy Romero Pure Courage Award that recognizes an progressive jockey who has flooded adversity.

5. He Leaves Behind A Family.

Miguel is survived by a woman named April and 2 daughters: Naelah and Montserrat. Our thoughts are with Miguel’s family, friends, and fans during this time.