01/02/2011 4:37PM

Berrio released from hospital to begin recovery from stroke

Omar Berrio, shown after winning the Milady Handicap aboard Made for Magic in May, is expected to begin physical therapy soon to recuperate from a stroke.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Jockey Omar Berrio was released from Arcadia Methodist Hospital on Saturday evening, two days after suffering a stroke, according to trainer and close friend A.C. Avila.

Berrio suffered the stroke just hours after winning Thursday’s feature race on the Avila-trained Celtic Princess.

Avila said on Sunday that Berrio will undergo therapy in coming days to assess his physical condition, which will determine how long the 42-year-old rider will need to recover.

Berrio rides primarily for Avila. In 2010, Berrio rode Made for Magic to a win in the Grade 2 Milady Handicap and Go Forth North in the Grade 3 Harold Ramser Handicap, both for Avila.

For the 2010 season, Berrio won 23 races from 159 mounts, just a year after returning from a suspension for a cocaine positive. A native of Panama, Berrio has ridden since he was 19.