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Riders Escape Serious Injury in 4-Horse Spill

One horse euthanized following mishap Feb. 13 at Aqueduct.

X-rays were negative on apprentice jockeys Charlie Amaro and Brian Pedroza after a spill in the ninth race Feb. 13 at Aqueduct Racetrack, according to the New York Racing Association. Jockeys Abel Lezcano and Nazario Alvarado, also involved in the spill, walked off the track and were not hospitalized.

In the six furlong maiden claiming event on the inner track for 3-year-old New Yor-breds, Honor Ernesto (#8) fell while leading the field on the far turn, unseating Amaro. Trinity Warrior (#7), ridden by Lezcano, Soft Parade (#3), ridden by Alvarado, and Rightuplynn’salley (#9), ridden by Pedroza, unseated their jockeys while trying to avoid the fallen horse.

Following the incident, Amaro and Pedroza were taken by ambulance to Jamaica Hospital for further evaluation. According to an unnamed NYRA jockey advocate, the X-rays will be reviewed again Feb. 14. Neither jockey will remain in the hospital overnight and the advocate said Amaro hopes to be riding again by Feb. 16, while Pedroza plans to take at least two weeks off. 

Trinity Warrior, a colt, and Soft Parade and Rightuplynn’salley, both geldings, appeared to be uninjured.  Honor Ernesto, a gelding, suffered fractures in both front legs and had to be euthanized.