Alvarez, Others Back to Work at Gulfstream

Five jockeys and their mounts were involved in mishaps at the track.

Jockey Jose Alvarez, who was unseated from his mount in the first race Feb. 11 at Gulfstream Park and taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital, returned work the following morning, exercising horses and planning to ride in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, jockeys Eduardo Nunez, Pedro Monterrey Jr. and Allen Maragh were all well after being unseated from their mounts following a chain-reaction spill in the fifth race on the same program.

All of them escaped serious injury.

Although reluctant, Nunez was taken to Hollywood Memorial after complaining of facial and neck pain. He was treated and released. Monterrey and Maragh took off their remaining mounts as a precaution. A fourth jockey involved in the incident, Sebastian Madrid, continued to ride.

All four horses escaped serious injury and were walked back to the stable area.

The incident occurred when Wild Apache fell after clipping the rear heels of Air Union nearing the finish, tossing Maragh to the track. Nunez, aboard In the Sweets; Monterrey, on Universal Soul; and Madrid, aboard A.P. Sierra were subsequently unseated in efforts to avoid the Nunez and his mount.

Air Union, who finished second under jockey Elvis Trujillo behind race winner Fly On the Wall, was disqualified and placed last for drifting out into the path of Wild Apache.

Alvarez, who fell to the racetrack when Nuevo Seville appeared to hit the inside rail leaving the backstretch in the six-furlong race, complained of neck and back pain.

Agent Jose Sanchez reported that Alvarez was released after precautionary x-rays were taken.