Jara, Vaz Escape Injury in Another Aqueduct Spill

Jockey Fernando Jara Wednesday was involved in the fourth multi-horse spill since racing at Aqueduct moved to the inner dirt track.

Jara, aboard On the Edge, avoided injury after falling over Crimson Code, who had clipped heels and stumbled under apprentice, Eriluis Vaz in Wednesday's fifth race. Vaz and Jara were taken off in ambulances, but both were reported uninjured and Jara returned to score in the eight race on Provincial.

Jockey Ariel Smith delayed his return to action Wednesday after he suffered a broken nose and a sore knee in a fall Sunday, according to his agent, former top rider Jorge Velasquez. The 22-year old Eclipse Award winner is hoping to resume riding this weekend, Velasquez said. Smith hit the ground hard and remained there for several minutes when his mount, Patriotic Princess broke down in Sunday's second race.

Ironically, Jara picked up the mount on On the Edge after Smith took off his mounts for the day.

(Chart, Equibase)