01/03/2013 1:25PM

Aqueduct: Apprentice Wilmer Garcia sidelined following automobile accident


Apprentice jockey Wilmer Garcia will be out indefinitely due to a hairline fracture in his neck sustained in a car accident on Wednesday, according to his agent Jose Henriquez.

Garcia, based in New York, was driving to Penn National on Wednesday where on Thursday night he was scheduled to ride Wiseman’s Jet, a 12-1 morning-line choice in a $7,500 claiming race for owner/trainer Osvaldo Rojas. Thursday was a dark day at Aqueduct.

Henriquez said Garcia was hospitalized on Wednesday, but was released and staying with relatives in Pennsylvania. He has been fitted with a neck brace.

Garcia became known as a longshot specialist during the Saratoga meet, where he rode 11 winners at an average win mutuel of $36.60. He also rode 16 winners at the Belmont fall meet and 12 at the Aqueduct fall session. After getting off to a 2-for-55 start at Aqueduct’s inner-track meet, Garcia had won with 3 of his last 15 mounts, including Sweet Sway on New Year’s Day.

While Garcia recuperates from his injury, Henriquez said he has taken the book of apprentice Guillermo Rodriguez, a seven-pound apprentice.

Henriquez said he will also begin booking mounts for journeyman C.C. Lopez, who is expected to return to Aqueduct next week after beginning the winter at Tampa Bay Downs, where he was off to a 1-for-26 start

Edward Hennessey More than 1 year ago
any up dates on his recovery, will he be ready for Saratoga
Robert Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
We need you Wilmer, hurry back. Stay healthy!
Ronald Samuels More than 1 year ago
Get well soon Wilmer!! you are in my prayers. I still have the riding goggles you gave me, after you rode your 2nd. winner at Belmont Park.
wolves More than 1 year ago
thank god chuckie is coming back....he'll be sure to fleece these passive riders on more than one occasion.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
CC belongs in NY in the winter, great speed jock, waisted his time in FL with that trainer.
JOHN More than 1 year ago
CC's the man, when it comes to speed.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Glad to hear Wilmer Garcia is not hurt too badly. Hope you make a full recovery really soon. I had some of those Garcia longshots. He is a good ride and look forward to his return. Glad to hear CC Lopez is coming back. He was the king! I remember his Monmouth days. Great rider.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love cc in winter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
c c lopez