Martin Garcia In ICU After Severe Concussion

(from Bay Meadows report)
Apprentice jockey Martin Garcia remained in the intensive care unit at Stanford Hospital Saturday with a severe concussion and a fractured nose, injuries he sustained when he went down in the sixth race at Bay Meadows Friday night.

"There was a significant amount of bruising to the brain so he will be monitored closely for three to four days in the ICU and receive anti-seizure medication," reported Dr. David Seftel, track physician at Bay Meadows.

Garcia, who had won the first race on Friday night's card, hit the ground hard in the sixth race when his mount, Cruz'n Memo, stumbled and fell on the far turn.

"The initial blow was him hitting the track face first," said Seftel. "An examination of his helmet showed that he received a second blow. There was a hoof mark at the top of his helmet."

Garcia, a 20-year-old native of Vera Cruz, Mexico began his riding career at the San Mateo County Fair meeting in August and quickly established himself as a talented apprentice. Through Saturday's racing, Garcia ranked third in the jockey standings at the Bay Meadows fall meeting with 17 victories, trailing only veterans Russell Baze and Roberto Gonzalez.

(Chart, Equibase)