09/03/2010 7:10PM

Saratoga: Desormeaux has broken vertebrae


Upon further review, Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux did not come out of his spill in Friday's second race okay.

After one doctor told Desormeaux X-rays were negative, a second doctor at Saratoga Hospital diagnosed Desormeaux with a broken C-7 vertebrae. (Saratoga Hospital, is after all, the place where practice makes perfect.)

According to his agent, Mike Sellitto, Desormeaux was fitted with a cervical collar and was on his way early Friday evening to Albany Medical Center where he was to get a third opinion.

Desormeaux was aboard Forest Whip, the 3-2 favoriote in the second race, who suffered a heart attack in mid-stretch, and hurled Desormeaux to the ground.