Originally created 12/23/01

Jockey killed in race at Beulah Park

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One jockey was killed and two others were injured Saturday when a horse stumbled coming down the stretch at Beulah Park.

Arnold Ruiz, 33, of Arlington Heights, Ill., fell with Winds of Sonora and was run over by the two horses behind him, track steward Joe DeLuca said. Ruiz was pronounced dead of head injuries at Grant Hospital.

Chuck Costanzo, 34, of Cleveland, was thrown to the ground after his horse, Kaicoltra, hit Ruiz's horse. Costanzo was treated for injuries and released from Grant.

A third jockey, Michael Heath, 35, of Georgetown, Ky., suffered minor cuts and bruises.

DeLuca said Winds of Sonora suffered a "slight injury" to a lower leg, but he did not know other details.

The track's final nine races were canceled Saturday. DeLuca said the track plans to resume its schedule Sunday, the last day of the season.


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