TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A 19-year-old man died in an incident at the Tampa Bay Downs Saturday morning, according to authorities.

A spokesman with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that first responders were called to the horse racing track for an incident involving a man who was working a course.

However, when paramedics arrived, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Tampa Bay Downs said the victim was exercise rider Daniel Quintero who died during a training exercise. Ivan came to the United States from Venezuela one year ago to pursue his dream of becoming a jockey.

“He tried to do things right and was very dedicated,” Daniel’s father, Ivan Quintero, said. “He was a good friend, a very good kid and an excellent son.”

Tampa Bay Downs said everyone who met him in his six weeks with the organization recognized his passion and enthusiasm to achieve his goal.

“He had the passion, and that is the way we all can push through this,” Oldsmar jockey Manny Jimenez said, as he translated for Quintero’s brother, Darwin Quintero. “He (Darwin) doesn’t have any bad feelings for the races or the horses. He understands this is the risk we all take, but what he would like people to get out of this is we are people who come here looking for an opportunity, and sometimes we have to risk it all because there is always someone home waiting for us.”

“The entire racetrack community expresses its condolences to his family members and friends,” the track said in a release. “Tampa Bay Downs will observe a moment of silence at 12:20 p.m. in Quintero’s honor.”