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Fernandez coming to grips with Tores' spill, recovery
RAFAEL RAY FERNANDEZ LEADS Primero Peru and jockey Darren Nagle to the track at last springs Aiken Spring Steeplechase. Fernandez is the owner and trainer of Primeru Peru and of Malibu Moon, the latter of which was the horse on which Jorge Torres was riding before his spill in last Novembers Raymond G. Woolfe Memorial Chase at the Colonial Cup races. - photo by Tom Didato
It took being unseated by the same horse which threw Jorge Torres into a nightmare of a past four months for Rafael "Ray" Fernandez to realize that what took place at the Springdale Race Course last November was not his fault. Fernandez, the personable owner-trainer of Malibu Moon, was unseated from the 3-year-old gelding during a training spill two weeks ago on the grounds of the Springdale Training Center in Camden. The fall left Fernandez with a sprained neck and knocked him unconscious for a time.