A Philadelphia jury agreed with the family of a jockey killed at a Bensalem, Pennsylvania, racetrack that the facility failed to take action to prevent his death. It was almost four years ago when a Bucks County jockey was exercising a horse when it became frightened by chickens and threw the man from its back. The attorney for the jockey's family says that the horse then dragged and kicked the man who sustained 11 broken ribs and bleeding on his brain.
The family says that the facility knew of the presence of the chickens at the racetrack and allowed them to remain. Apparently, the chickens were brought there years ago by horse owners and trainers and were never removed. The jockey's family says that there had been another incident just five months prior wherein another jockey was injured after a chicken spooked his horse. The victim's family says that the racetrack had ample prior warning of the hazards posed by the chickens being in proximity to the horses.