The accidental death of apprentice jockey Roosevelt Angnoo following his fall from a horse he was exercising at Santa Rosa Park yesterday threw a damper on the local sporting landscape yesterday as football, cricket and rugby played out their respective schedules across the nation.
Angnoo who was in a clear lead for the apprentice jockey 2015 champion’s title in just his second year in the saddle died at the Arima hospital where he was taken by ambulance after his fall around mid-morning.
He had ridden his 27th winner on Saturday piloting Hail The Chief to winners’ row in the day’s second race and his last ride of the day, his seventh, saw him finishing 13th and last aboard a horse name Eye See You.
While neither the Arima Race Club or the Jockeys Association issued ant statement on the incident involving the teenaged rider, concerned horsemen relayed their outpourings of concern and sympathy.
“We hope that all precautions will be taken to minimise the risks of the sport,” one turfite told NEWSPOWER Sport.
The apprentice who kept showing marked improvement in his fledgling career marked his first career victory last year in his 49th ride aboard a horse named Pacman.
Other bad news in TT sport from yesterday was the failure of the national under-20 women’s football team to progress to the semifinal of the eight-nation CONCACAF championship in Honduras.
After losing their opening match 2 goals to nil to Canada, TT also lost two-nil to hosts Honduras in a re-scheduled second game yesterday. And with just Jamaica to play tomorrow, TT cannot get into a top-two position in the group to make it to the nest round which will qualify the top three finishers for their age-groupo and gender FIOFA World Cup finals to take place in Papua New Guinea.
Also yesterday the TT women’s scheduled first of two friendly internationals in Honolulu versus World champions USA was called off because of a faulty turf…The second match remains set for later this week in Texas.