10/31/2009 12:00AM

Aqueduct apprentice still in ICU


Apprentice jockey Amanda Casey remained in the intensive care unit of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., Saturday morning with internal bleeding and a bruised liver, according to her agent.

Casey, 26, was kicked in the side by her mount Karakorum Jete in the paddock prior to Friday's ninth race at Aqueduct. Earlier in the day, Casey had recorded her first win from 27 mounts since returning from a shoulder injury that forced her to miss three months.

"Right now, she's in intensive care so they can watch her closely from there," said Joe Ceraulo, who took over Casey's book on Oct. 5. "They said the recovery should take about a month, but jockeys - especially female jockeys - they tend to come back a little quicker. I just want her to get out of the woods with the bleeding."

Ceraulo said that doctors performed two ultrasounds and a CAT scan on Casey Friday afternoon and evening and determined that the bleeding "hadn't progressed, which is a good sign," Ceraulo said. "She is sore."

Casey, a native of South Glens Falls, N.Y, began riding in 2007 and has a career record of 16 wins from 326 mounts.