Jockey Alan Garcia was
released from North Shore
University Hospital Saturday afternoon after tests
came back negative following a spill in the fourth race at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Pending final clearance from NYRA First Aid, he is likely to ride Sunday as
Junior Alvarado, also involved in
the spill, was in stable condition at North Shore on Saturday evening awaiting results
of a CT scan of his abdomen.
In the race, a $7,500 claiming
event, Garcia’s mount, Scorper, fractured his left front ankle and fell
approaching the three-eighths pole, unseating the rider. Alvarado was unseated
when his mount, Hardshell, stumbled over the fallen horse. Scorper, a 6-year-old
gelding, was euthanized as a result of his injuries. Hardshell, a 4-year-old
gelding, continued running before being apprehended by an outrider and did not
appear to be injured.
Both riders were stable and
conscious after the incident, with Garcia complaining of left flank and shoulder
pain and Alvarado complaining of abdominal pain.
Garcia, a 26-year-old Peruvian
rider, has 17 winners since the start of the inner track meet on November 30 and
is seventh in the jockey standings. The Venezuelan-born Alvarado, 26, is
currently third in the standings with 33 winners during the meet.