Jockeys And Horses All Safe After Spill

Jockeys And Horses All Safe After Spill

02/11/2011

 HALLANDALE, FL – Four jockeys escaped serious injury after being unseated from their mounts in a chain-reaction spill during the stretch run of the fifth race at Gulfstream Park Friday afternoon.

Although reluctant, veteran jockey Eduardo Nunez was taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital after complaining of facial and neck pain. Pedro Monterrey Jr. and Allen Maragh took off their remaining mounts as a precaution, while Sebastian Madrid continued to ride.

All four horses escaped serious injury and were walked back to the stable area.

The incident occurred when Wild Apache fell after clipping the rear heels of Air Union nearing the finish, tossing Maragh to the track. Nunez, aboard In the Sweets, Monterrey, on Universal Soul, and Madrid, aboard A.P. Sierra were subsequently unseated in efforts to avoid the Nunez and his mount.

Air Union, who finished second under jockey Elvis Trujillo behind race winner Fly On the Wall, was disqualified and placed last for drifting out into the path of Wild Apache.

Earlier on the card, apprentice jockey Jose Alvarez was taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital after being unseated from his mount in the first race.

Alvarez, who fell to the racetrack when Nuevo Seville appeared to hit the inside rail leaving the backstretch in the six-furlong race, complained of neck and back pain.

Agent Jose Sanchez reported that Alvarez expected to be released from the hospital later Friday after precautionary x-rays were taken..