Jockey Angel Serpa

Jockey Angel Serpa

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Angel Serpa Hospitalized With Concussion

Jockey injured when mount veers into rail on Monmouth Park turf course July 13.

Jockey Angel Serpa was sent to the hospital with a head injury after being unseated by his mount Kisses Required during the running of the fifth race July 13 at Monmouth Park, and will remain overnight for continued observation.

“There’s no intracranial bleed,” said Dr. Angelo Chinnici after conferring with doctors at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J. “He does have a severe concussion, so they’ll likely keep him there for another 24 hours just for observation.”

Kisses Required, a 3-year-old filly trained by Jane Cibelli, led through most of the 1 1/16-mile turf race for $25,000 maiden claimers.  Nearing the sixteenth pole, Kisses Required ducked into the portable rail under right-handed urging, unseating Serpa. After falling through the rail, Kisses Required was vanned off the track for further veterinary evaluation.

A 24-year-old native of Puerto Rico, Serpa was fifth in the Monmouth Park standings going into Friday’s card. From 159 mounts, he has piloted 17 winners.