08/11/2010 6:42PM

Del Mar: Mind the Minister avoids accident


Mind the Minister, racing wide, avoided an accident that led to apprentice jockey Alex Gonzalez being unseated and taken to a local hospital for x-rays, and sixth-place finisher Super Harmony being disqualified and placed ninth in the stretch of Wednesday's fifth race.

Mind the Minister ($10.60) won the $8,000 claimer by 2 3-4 lengths over James Prior in 1:39.17.

The incident involving Gonzalez occured just inside the eighth pole, when Victory Joe, Gonzalez's mount, had to be checked after Super Harmony drifted out, and Victory Joe was in tight between Mr. Rancho Vista and James Prior. Gonzalez tried to ease his mount out but the gelding appeared to clip heeps with a rival, causing Gonzalez to be unseated. He was taken from the track on an ambulance.

Quarta Coroa, who finished fifth, claimed foul against the winner, alleging interference in the stretch, but the claim of foul was disallowed. The stewards also conducted an inquiry into Gonzalez being unseated, which resulted in the disqualification of Super Harmony.

Gonzalez was transported to a local hospital for x-rays, according to limited information provided by Del Mar publicity officials.