Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. was thrown off his horse and kicked in the head by another during a race Thursday ... but somehow, the dude miraculously avoided serious injuries.
The rider's agent, Steve Rushing, announced the good news on Friday ... saying that despite the horrifying fall, Ortiz Jr. will only need to miss a couple weeks from his job.
Thoughts & 🙏 for @iradortiz after getting thrown off his mount today at Belmont Park in the 5th race. Taken by ambulance to the hospital. Irad Ortiz is currently scheduled to ride #6 Known Agenda in the @BelmontStakes. pic.twitter.com/pT1rM1J6qX— Frankie 'WHISPERS' Fantasy🏈🏀⚾️🏒🏇💰🏆 (@Frankie_Fantasy) June 4, 2021
Thoughts & 🙏 for @iradortiz after getting thrown off his mount today at Belmont Park in the 5th race. Taken by ambulance to the hospital. Irad Ortiz is currently scheduled to ride #6 Known Agenda in the @BelmontStakes. pic.twitter.com/pT1rM1J6qX
"He said he felt better today, than he did last night," Rushing told Daily Racing Form. "I told him I don’t know what brand of helmet you have, but make sure you get another one."
Rushing added Ortiz Jr. needed 6 stitches in his head and 5 in his arm ... but is expected to make a full recovery in a matter of days.
It's all quite frankly incredible, given just how gnarly the accident was.
Footage from the track showed as Ortiz Jr. was coming down the stretch ... his horse stumbled and bucked the rider to the ground.
When Ortiz Jr. hit the dirt, he was then kicked in the head by a trailing horse ... and ultimately needed to be stretchered off the track.
Ortiz Jr. was set to ride Known Agenda in Saturday's Belmont Stakes ... but he'll miss the event now. A replacement rider has not yet been named.
Get well soon!