Alvarado Injures Abdomen in Aqueduct Spill

Following a spill involving two horses at Aqueduct Jan. 14, jockey Junior Alvarado was in stable condition at North Shore University Hospital awaiting results of a CT scan of his abdomen.

Jockey Alan Garcia was released from North Shore after tests came back negative following the fourth-race accident. Pending final clearance from NYRA First Aid, Garcia is likely to ride Jan. 15 as scheduled.

Both riders were stable and conscious after the incident, with Garcia complaining of left flank and shoulder pain and Alvarado complaining of an abdominal injury.

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. He did not appear to be injured.

The Venezuelan-born Alvarado, 26, is currently third in the standings with 33 winners during the meet. Garcia, a 26-year-old Peruvian rider, has 17 winners since the start of the inner track meet on Nov. 30 and is seventh in the jockey standings.

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