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HORSES CLIP HEELS IN FIRST RACE MISHAP, JOCKEYS CEDILLO, ESPINOZA INJURED
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2011)—Apprentice jockey Abel Cedillo and journeyman Victor Espinoza were injured as a result of a spill on the Club House turn during the first race at Santa Anita on Thursday.
Cedillo’s mount, Saint’s Crown, who was at the rail, in second position approaching the 6 ½ furlong pole, clipped the heels of the pacesetter, Sky Brite Miss, unseating Cedillo. Espinoza, who was trailing the early leaders at the rail aboard Lucy Got Lucky, collided with the fallen Saint’s Crown, unseating Espinoza.
Espinoza, who was taken to the track’s First Aid Station, sustained what appeared to be a significant abrasion to his forehead but was not hospitalized. Although he took off of his remaining mounts, Espinoza said that he intended to ride at Santa Anita on Friday.
Cedillo, who remained conscious, was taken immediately to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for examination. His condition is unknown at this time.
As a result of the collision, Lucy Got Lucky sustained what Steward Tom Ward characterized as an “open fracture” and was euthanized.
Saint’s Crown was transported back to the barn area, where she was “walking sound,” according to Ward. Saint’s Crown was claimed out of the race for $8,000 by trainer Eric Kruljak.