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A jockey has died at the age of 29 after his horse collided with a rail in a race.

Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa was competing at Grants Pass Downs racecourse in Oregon, US, on Wednesday, when the tragic accident occurred.

The rider, who had won more than 350 races in his career, came off two-year-old Godfather Advice, a horse trained by his wife Rosa Rodriguez.

Running in the first contest of the day, the colt was positioned in the middle of the pack when he hit a running rail.

Gutierrez-Sosa was thrown from his mount and suffered fatal injuries.

A statement from Grants Pass Downs racecourse said: "With heavy hearts, all of us at Grants Pass Downs extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa, who lost his life riding at Prineville, OR.

"A gifted rider and true gentleman, Eduardo will be greatly missed by our Oregon racing family."

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The next race on the card did go ahead following a delay to the programme.

However racing director Doug Smith cancelled the rest of the card, having informed the crowd about the tragedy.

Gutierrez-Sosa, who began riding in Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred races in 2013, is survived by his wife and three children.

He was a 12-time stakes winner in thoroughbred races, with two in Idaho the most prestigious as they carried a first prize of just under $12,000.

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Local police and the state racing board are looking into the accident.

Horse racing has been hit by several tragedies overseas.

Champion jockey of Mauritius, Nooresh Juglall, was also 29 when he died in a racecourse fall in May.

In India, apprentice jockey Jitendra Singh had a fatal accident in January.

In the UK, racing professionals were devastated by the loss of amateur rider Lorna Brooke earlier this year.