Rowland died at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio from head injuries suffered during a race on February 4 at Turfway Park, when his mount broke down and collapsed. Two other jockeys were injured. He was placed on life support, but never regained consciousness.
Turfway Park established the Michael F. Rowland Fund, as well as the Michael F. Rowland Award to honor the jockey who best exemplifies Rowland's work ethic, professionalism, and perseverance. The inaugural award recipient was Luis Antonio Gonzalez, a jockey based at Thistledown near Cleveland. Thistledown racecourse has also started a memorial fund for the Rowland family. x2
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Associated Press (February 9, 2004). "Jockey Michael Rowland dies after Turfway Park spill". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/horses/2004-02-09-rowland-obit_x.htm. Retrieved November 3, 2007.
- ↑ Thoroughbred Times (2004). "Family, friends remember Rowland at Turfway Park service". Thoroughbred Times. http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2004/February/11/Family-friends-remember-Rowland-at-Turfway-Park-service.aspx. Retrieved November 3, 2007.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Sports digest (2004). "Horse racing". The Cincinnati Enquirer. http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/09/18/spt_sptzdig.html. Retrieved November 3, 2007.