Jockeys Ryan Fogelsonger and Geovany Garcia avoided serious injury after both fell hard to the ground after being unseated from their mounts during the first race at Laurel Park April 10.
Fogelsonger was aboard Bretton in the $10,000 claiming event and battling for the lead when his mount broke down midway down the backstretch.Fogelsonger was sent hurtling to the right of his fallen mount and Garcia, trailing aboard Nic’s Amigo, was unseated when his mount crashed head-long into Bretton.
Fogelsonger, the 2002 Eclipse Award winning apprentice, was transported to Howard County General Hospital complaining of pain in the middle of his back as well as the left shoulder and left chest cavity regions. However, all the x-rays were negative and the 26-year-old was discharged.
“I have never seen him in pain like that,” said Kevin Witte, Fogelsonger’s longtime agent.
Fogelsonger missed 48 racing days in 2005 with neck and back injuries.
Garcia was transported to Laurel-Beltsville Hospital to have his right shoulder x-rayed. Tests on the apprentice were negative and the 19-year-old is expected to ride Friday according to his agent Frank Douglas.
Bretton was euthanized. Nic’s Amigo was able to get back to his feet and run off and was caught by the outriders.