16 Year-old Jockey Dies in the Saddle

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A 16-year-old apprentice jockey was dragged to his death by a runaway horse at a race meeting on Saturday.

Sam McRae, who had been riding for four months, was dragged 900 yards after he fell from his horse, Queen's Evidence, and his foot became trapped in a stirrup.

He died of head and chest injuries, Riverton Racing Club chief stipendiary steward Stewart Ching said.

Other jockeys in the 1,100-yard race were unable to stop McRae's startled mount until the field entered the finishing straight.

"That's the most horrific thing I've ever seen," senior jockey Terry Moseley said.

The accident happened in front of thousands of racegoers at the popular Easter holiday weekend meeting.



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