X-rays were negative on jockey Jorge Chavez, a winner
of 18 New York riding titles, after a spill that occurred Wednesday, September
22 at Belmont Park.
The 48-year-old Peruvian jockey was riding Pea Stone for trainer
Faustino Ramos when the 2-1 favorite fell going around the far turn in Belmont’s fifth race,
a $25,000 turf claiming event on the Widener Turf Course.
Chavez, winner of the 2001 Kentucky Derby aboard Monarchos, was taken
to North Shore Hospital
in Manhasset. While x-rays were clear, as of this release Chavez is still in
the hospital while doctors determine whether or not he needs an additional CAT
scan. It is possible that he could be released from the hospital tonight.
Pea Stone, a 4-year-old daughter of Smart Strike, was euthanized after
suffering a compound fracture of her left front leg.