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Jockey Martinez Headed Home, Thanks Everyone For Their Support
Jockey Michael Martinez was discharged from the Santa Clara Valley Rehabilitation Center in San Jose this morning, 68 days after being critically injured in a spill at Golden Gate Fields.
Martinez, paralyzed from the waist down as a result of his fall on Sept. 12, was thrilled to be heading home.
“I am looking forward to spending the holidays at home with my family,” said Martinez, who resides in San Pablo with his fiancée Charlotte Garcia and their baby daughter Merari.
Martinez added that he has been overwhelmed by the support he has received since his accident.
“I truly appreciate the prayers and support I’ve received from the fans, my fellow horsemen and everyone at Golden Gate Fields,” said Martinez. “I am very grateful.”
Martinez was picked up at Santa Clara Valley Rehabilitation Center by his agent, Dennis Patterson, who has been with his rider constantly since the spill.
“Michael’s spirits are great…unbelievably positive,” said Patterson.
Golden Gate Fields is continuing to accept contributions to the Michael Martinez Fund. Those wishing to donate should make their checks out to “Michael Martinez Fund” and send them to Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, CA 94710.