Jason Gracia stable in ICU

November 28, 2010 06:56am
According to his agent, Jorge Velasquez, jockey Jason Gracia is listed in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Jamaica Hospital after a spill in the third race at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday. Velasquez said that Gracia suffered broken ribs, a broken collarbone, and a hairline fracture of his neck. He will be further evaluated today.

Jockey Jose Bermudez, also involved in the spill, said that he was released from North Shore Medical Center with bruised ribs, and that he expects to be sidelined at least one week.

In the race, a New York state-bred maiden special weight going 1 1/16 miles on the turf, Ryan and Jack (#5), trained by Pat Kelly, stumbled and fell on the far turn, causing Gracia, 28, to land on the turf. October Dreams (#2), trained by Cleveland Johnson, collided with Ryan and Jack as he was on the ground, unseating Bermudez, 41.

October Dreams, a 3-year-old gelding, appeared to be uninjured, while Ryan and Jack, a 4-year-old gelding, suffered a skull fracture and had to be euthanized.



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