Jockey Gallyn Mitchell, Emerald Downs' all-time leader in wins, stakes wins and purse earnings, suffered a heart attack Monday morning at his Enumclaw home.
Jockey Gallyn Mitchell, Emerald Downs’ all-time leader in wins, stakes wins and purse earnings, suffered a heart attack Monday morning at his Enumclaw home after being on several horses during training hours at Emerald Downs, according to track spokesman Vince Bruun.
Mitchell, 50, was reported in “satisfactory” condition Monday night after being taken by ambulance to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, according to hospital spokeswoman Marce Edwards.
“He had surgery and three stents put in,” Bruun said.
Mitchell had missed 3 ½ months of riding this winter with a broken ankle and fractured spine from a Dec. 23 spill at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. He also missed extended time after breaking a hand at Emerald Downs on Aug. 8, 2012.
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Mitchell began the 2013 season with all-time track-leading totals of 1,347 victories, 76 stakes triumphs and $13,847,580 in purse earnings. He was the only jockey to record 1,000 wins until Juan Gutierrez eclipsed the mark and moved to 1,002 with three wins on Sunday at the Auburn oval.
He had no top-three finishes from seven mounts with earnings of $1,227 in the first three days of Emerald’s 2013 season.
The native of Denver, Colo., captured riding titles at Emerald Downs in 1999 and 2000 and was second in 2001, 2002 and 2009. He won a track-best 13 stakes races in 2000.
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From sports-information reports.