Jockey Jacinto Vasquez rode Honey Fox to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $136,200 Orchid Handicap today, but wound up in the hospital rather than the winner's circle.
One stride after the victorious filly crossed the finished line, she decided to emulate a steeplechaser. Honey Fox leaped over the inner hedge of the turf course, dumped Vasquez and took a canter around the infield lake while outriders pursued her.
Vasquez broke his collarbone in the spill.
Until that incident, Honey Fox had done almost everything right. The 8-to-1 shot raced wide around the first turn, moved into contention on the backstretch and then accelerated powerfully entering the final turn. She disposed of Solo Haina, later withstanding a foul claim by that rival's jockey, as The Very One finished second.
The runner-up, who was based in Maryland early in her career, had been trying to become the top money-winning female thoroughbred in training today.
Honey Fox had to share the spotlight with the winner of a minor allowance race on the Gulfstream Park program.
Dash O'Pleasure a 3-year-old from trainer Leroy Jolley's powerful stable, won a six-furlong race by seven lengths, coverning the distance in 1:09 3/5. His victory was one of the most impressive performances by a Derby-age colt this year.