Rita Santos, the Santos Family, and Comprehensive MD wish to extend their heartfelt condolences to the family of Miguel Mena, who passed away on Sunday evening.

Miguel Mena.
Miguel Mena.

Photo by Coady Photography

Miguel was an accomplished jockey and a well-respected member of the horse racing community. Miguel leaves behind his wife, April, and his daughters, Naelah and Montserrat. He was 34 years old.

Miguel touched many lives. Jose Santos, Jr., Miguel’s friend and agent for two years, was shocked to hear of his friend’s passing. Jose told WHAS11 (ABC),

“Us at the race track, we’re a family, and he won’t be forgotten around these parts. That’s for sure.”

Originally from Peru, Miguel began riding professionally in the United States in 2003. He rode twice in the Kentucky Derby, was a two-time Stephen Foster Stakes winner, obtained two Grade 1 wins, and won over 2,075 races.

Considered to be one of their most successful jockeys, Churchill Downs Racetrack President Mike Anderson said:

“Our team is devastated to learn of Miguel’s passing. He was such a courageous rider who fought to overcome several challenges and adversity. We’ll miss his bright smile.”

In honor of Miguel, the Santos family and Comprehensive MD will be sponsoring Reylu Gutierrez in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships this weekend. Starting in 1984, the Breeders’ Cup has brought together some of the best in Grade 1 Thoroughbred horses from around the world. Reylu will be riding two-year-old Hidden Connection in the 2 Million Dollar Net Jets Juvenile Fillies at 6:30 pm on Friday, November 5th, breaking from the 2nd post position.  

Those wishing to help the Mena family can donate to a GoFundMe page set up in their name.