Nelson Arroyo Hospitalized as Precaution Following Spill

Apprentice jockey Nelson Arroyo was taken to North Shore Hospital after falling to the track during the fourth race at Aqueduct Sunday. Arroyo's brother, Norberto Arroyo Jr., was injured in a spill at the New York track last Saturday (Dec. 8).

In Sunday's race, Freedom Onthe Wind clipped heels with Dr. Chinnici around the three-eighths pole and stumbled, throwing Arroyo to the track. The jockey complained of a headache and was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Dr. Chinnici continued on to finish sixth in the six-furlong maiden special weight race. A stewards' inquiry into the incident resulted in no change in finishing positions.

Freedom onthe Wind appeared to escape injury in the incident.