Martin Garcia

Martin Garcia

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Jockey Garcia Thrown From Mount

Initial reports indicated that Garcia did not suffer any major injury.

Martin Garcia took off the rest of his mounts at Santa Anita April 17 following a spill in the third race.

Garcia’s mount, even-money favorite Tokubetsu, was leading into the stretch of the 5 1/2-furlong maiden race when he appeared to take a bad step and fell, throwing Garcia to the ground.

Tokubetsu fractured his left foreleg and had to be euthanized. Garcia went to first aid, and initial reports indicated that the jockey did not suffer any major injury. However, he took off the rest of the card as a precaution.

A 3-year-old son of Congaree —Fort Lauderdale, by Montbrook, Tokubetsu was making his fourth lifetime start. Owned by Peachtree Stable and trained by Bob Baffert, the colt had finished second in three maiden races, including two earlier in the meeting at Santa Anita.

Garcia had returned to his Southern California home base after riding at Oaklawn Park April 16. He won the Instant Racing Stakes aboard May Day Rose and finished seventh on favored The Factor  in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I).