Laurel Jockeys Garcia, Fogelsonger Released from Hospital

By Claire Novak
Maryland jockeys Luis Garcia and Ryan Fogelsonger were released from Laurel Beltsville Hospital with minor injuries following a spill in the eighth race at Laurel Park on Sunday.

The accident occurred when Garcia's mount, Glory Lane, fell in the final turn of a seven-furlong claiming race. Garcia was thrown to the track, while Fogelsonger's mount jumped in an attempt to avoid collision and tossed her rider as well. The jockeys were transported via ambulance to Beltsville Hospital, where all x-rays turned out negative.

"Luis is just a little banged up," said Garcia's agent, Frank Douglas. "Fogelsonger's mount hit his ankle when she landed, so it's kind of swollen, but he'll take a few days off and hopefully be back by Thursday." As of Saturday, Garcia led the Laurel Park jockey's colony with 24 wins out of 123 starts.

Fogelsonger, who ranks fourth in the Laurel Park standings, also sustained mild injuries. "He's got a slight concussion and a strained neck," said his agent, Kevin Witte. "He's basically on a day-to-day basis, whenever he feels like coming back, he can. We'll probably shoot for Thursday."

"Any time they go down, you never know what kind of injuries these guys are going to end up with," Witte said. "They're both extremely lucky."

Neither horse was injured in the spill.