Jockey Mauro Cedillo remains in intensive care on a ventilator in Cleveland’s Metro Health Medical Center after a horrifying spill in the first race at Thistledown Monday, according to his agent, Luis Quinones, who spoke to the TDN Tuesday morning.
Cedillo was thrown from his mount, Spectacular Road, when the horse stumbled entering the turn. The 24-year-old native of Guatemala was trampled by one or more trailing horses.
“It’s the same as yesterday,” said Quinones, himself a successful jockey who won the George Woolf Memorial Award in 2020. “The doctor didn’t say anything else. They’ve got him on a ventilator. He has some leg movement. His fiancee was there with him and his uncle was there. They’re only allowing two people in at a time. He’s in the ICU, and I’m going to go see him again today.”
Quinones said that there should be an update on his condition later on Tuesday after the doctors perform tests. “They’re going to do some testing today. I can let you know more then,” said Quinones. “The doctors can’t really tell us much now, except to say that he is alive and on the ventilator. (Last night) they said that tomorrow they would know more, because of the impact and everything, They were talking to his uncle, and they don’t want to tell him he’s going to be okay, in case something goes south, but they say his vitals and everything is looking the right way. He has no internal bleeding, or anything like that. They want to check him today. It’s too early to say much, but he’s breathing.”
A popular and well-liked rider on the Ohio circuit, Cedillo has had 31 wins from 252 mounts in 2023, after being the leading rider at Mahoning Valley at the fall meet in 2022. His cousin is Abel Cedillo, who rides in Southern California.
After the accident Monday, the Thistledown jockey colony elected to cancel the remaining races on the card. Cedillo was initially transported to the nearby Cleveland Clinic-South Pointe Hospital, but was quickly airlifted to Metro Health.