Churchill Downs stated Mena — whose full identify was Jose Miguel Mena Rodriguez — was killed on westbound I-64 between Blankenbaker Parkway and Hurstbourne Lane.
In accordance with the Jeffersontown Police Division, Mena was struck by a car after 7:30 p.m. on I-64 Westbound close to Hurstbourne Parkway. He was pronounced useless on the scene. No prices are pending, police say.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Workplace in a press launch dominated Mena’s loss of life an accident and acknowledged that he died from blunt drive accidents.
“This information is completely stunning, horrible and heartbreaking,” Churchill Downs Racetrack President Mike Anderson stated in a press release. “Our group is devastated to study of Miguel’s passing. He was such a brave rider who fought to beat a number of challenges and adversity.
“We’ll miss his vivid smile. Our deepest condolences are prolonged to his many mates, fellow riders and household, and our quick ideas are together with his spouse April and his daughters Naelah and Montserrat.”
The 2-time winner of the celebrated Stephen Foster Stakes gained 2,079 races in North America and has mounted in 16,234 races, incomes him $72,483,396 in prize cash, in keeping with the racetrack.
Mena hit the two,000-win milestone aboard Royal Fee at Ellis Park on July 4, 2020.
Mena, who was born in Lima, Peru, got here from a horse racing background, Churchill Downs stated. His father, Jose, was a jockey and his uncle, Humberto, is a coach.
At age 11, Mena started grooming horses. He got here to the USA at 17 and would win his first North American race at Calder Race Course in 2003, in keeping with the racetrack.
Within the fall of 2006, the Peruvian began driving at Churchill Downs the place he would win 481 occasions, rating him fifteenth all-time.
His remaining journey, in keeping with Churchill Downs, was this previous Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.