About Rene Douglas
Rene Douglas was born on March 3, 1967, in Panama City, Panama. His racing career started in his native Panama, with his first official victory aboard Betitio Che. He rode there for a year and a half before moving his tack to the United States in 1983. He won three riding titles at Calder and Hialeah, and held the record for most wins at a single Hialeah meeting. He went on to ride successfully in Illinois and Southern California.
From a Racing Family:
Attended jockey school and followed his brothers and father, who are owners and trainers, into racing. He took time off at the end of the 2005 season when his brother died and his father was ill with cancer. He spend two months at home in Panama until his father passed away in January 2006. Other than race riding, he said, “I’d say soccer is my favorite. I did everything when I was a kid. I’m a pretty good athlete. The only thing I didn’t play was golf, and now I’m playing that, too.”
Douglas recorded his 3000th victory on January 13, 2005 aboard Grey Misty at Santa Anita, the 122nd rider in North America to reach the milestone, and currently has 3,587 wins. He won his first Breeders’ Cup race in 2006 aboard Dreaming of Anna in the Juvenile Fillies. He has been the leading rider at Arlington 6 times (2001-2004 and 2007-2008) and holds the record for most consecutive titles with four from 2001 to 2004. His best year was 2004 when he rode 242 winners with $8.4 million in earnings, including riding titles at Arlington and Hollywood.
Douglas is married to wife Natalia and has three sons: Michael, Giancarlo and Christian. They live in Miami, Florida. He said in a 2008 interview, “I can’t live without my family, they’re number one. I’m most happy when I’m with them. I also like to travel, so I guess when I’m traveling with my family is when I’m really happy.”
Career Ending Accident:
Douglas was was injured in a spill at Arlington Park in the Arlington Matron Handicap (G3) on May 23, 2009. His mount, Born to Be, was bumped and fell in the upper stretch, throwing him over her head to the track then flipping over and landing right on top of him. Track workers had to drag the filly off of him before he could be transferred to an ambulance. At first the filly seemed to have survived the accident, despite being knocked unconscious by the fall, and returned to her barn. Reports now say she had to be euthanized on Sunday due to injuries discovered later.
Surgery and Prognosis:
Douglas was in surgery for seven hours to repair compressed vertebrae and neck damage, but his spinal cord may have been damaged by a fragment of splintered bone. His agent Dennis Cooper said, “They said he might not walk again, it didn’t look like. He’ll probably have use of his upper body, but they gave it to me straight that he’s not likely to walk. They won’t be a million percent sure until after the swelling goes down in about 10 to 14 days, but it doesn’t look good.”
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