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Michael Rowland

Michael Rowland (September 12, 1963 – February 9, 2004) was an American jockey.[1] He was born in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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.[1] Two other jockeys were injured. He was placed on life support, but never regained consciousness.[1]

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.[2][3] The inaugural award recipient was Luis Antonio Gonzalez, a jockey based at Thistledown near Cleveland.[3] Thistledown racecourse has also started a memorial fund for the Rowland family. x2

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