Rodriguez Sent to Hospital After Laurel Fall

(from Laurel Park report)
Jockey Erick Rodriguez was sent to the hospital for x-rays on his tailbone after being thrown from his mount in an eventful seventh race at Laurel Park Thursday.

A second jockey, Jose Betancourt, also fell in the incident but was able to resume riding.

As Betancourt drove his mount, favored P S It's American, in pursuit of eventual winner Mizz Joclyne in mid-stretch of the 1-1/8th mile turf event for maiden claiming fillies and mares, the 4-year-old broke down. Betancourt fell forward off P S It's American and was nearly trampled, but after the field passed, was able to get up and walk off the course.

The distressed P S It's American veered hard to her right across the course after losing her rider and stepped into the path of Rodriguez, who was riding D.W. Song. The jockey had to check his mount and was bounced out of the saddle, falling forward to the ground.

After being attended by the track medics, Rodriguez walked gingerly off the course. Track physician Harry Harris sent Rodriguez to Beltsville Hospital for further examination.

The 25-year-old jockey missed the entire Pimlico spring meet after fracturing four vertebrae in the T-spine section in his back from a spill at Laurel Park on April 14. He rode two winners earlier on Thursday's card and is tied with Horacio Karamanos for the top spot in the rider standings after six days of the fall stand.

Agent Paul Plymire represents both Rodriguez and Betancourt.

(Chart, Equibase)