WATCH: Horse Bettor Loses Out on $571,000 When a Jockey Falls Off Right Before the Wire


We’ve chronicled some absolutely horrific gambling losses since launching sports coverage here at Mediaite in July 2016. But this one might be the most brutal yet.

On Thursday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL, an unlucky horse racing gambler lost out on a massive, six-figure payout when a jockey fell off his horse just yards before he almost certainly would’ve crossed the wire first.

The unfortunate incident occurred in the closing stages of Race 10, the day’s finale. The gambler needed the No. 9 horse, Cryogenic, to win in order to cash a winning ticket on a wager called the Rainbow Six. The Rainbow Six requires bettors to correctly pick the winner of six consecutive races — with the caveat that the full prize pool is only awarded if there is just one winning ticket. Otherwise, everyone who picked six winners splits 70 percent of that day’s prize pool, while the remaining 30 percent carries over to a jackpot prize pool — with the process repeating every day until there is just one winner.

Thursday’s jackpot was $571,744. And Cryogenic was a few strides away from securing that money for someone. But the horse took a bad step and veered badly to the inside. This caused jockey Emisael Jaramillo to fall off his mount.

Cryogenic didn’t cross the wire first without his jockey, but it wouldn’t have mattered if he did. The jockey must be on board for the win to count. The horse lost the race, and a human lost out on nearly six hundred thousand bucks.

Both Cryogenic and rider Jaramillo, thankfully, will be okay. Gulfstream Park reports that the horse galloped out properly after the race, seemingly no worse for the wear. And according to Daily Racing Form, the rider sustained only bumps and bruises in the scary fall, and will be sidelined for about a week.

As for the person who lost out on a potential life-changing fortune, we can only guess how they’re doing.

Watch above, via Gulfstream Park. (The end of the race can be found at the 1:40 mark.)

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