07/26/2005 12:00AM

Apprentice at River hurt in spill


Elizabel Navarro, a 19-year-old apprentice jockey, was in a Cincinnati-area hospital Tuesday with undetermined injuries but in good condition after being thrown from her mount in the last race at River Downs on Monday night.

According to a statement released by River Downs, Navarro did not suffer any head injuries and had full movement of her limbs. A native of Panama who does not speak English, Navarro was quoted in the statement as saying through an interpreter that she is "better than yesterday."

"I'm in a little bit of pain," Navarro said. "My hips hurt, and the bottom of my spine."

Navarro was thrown from her mount, a 5-year-old mare named Bibi, after the horse bolted through the hedge in the straight of a one-mile turf race. The horse died on the track, apparently of a heart attack, said Dr. Jack Swagler, the track's chief veterinarian.