05/29/2002 11:00PM

Bravo breaks wrist in spill

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OCEANPORT, N.J. - Jockey Joe Bravo was taken to Monmouth Medical Center after he fell from his mount, Oh My Pretty Halo, in the seventh race at Monmouth on Thursday. Dr. Angelo Chinicci, medical director of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, reported that Bravo broke his left wrist.

"Healing time on something like this is typically six to eight weeks," Chinicci said.

In the 1 1/16-mile turf race, Bravo swerved his mount to avoid Mato, who fell going into the first turn. Eibar Coa, the rider of Mato, fell off his mount but was unhurt. Both horses were reported to be fine.

Bravo was off to a strong start at the meet, having fully recovered from a broken leg suffered last summer that sidelined him for eight months. On Saturday, May 18, Bravo rode six winners, and had 10 for the weekend. Bravo had 20 wins at the meet going into Thursday, 12 more than his closest competitor.

* Apprentice jockey Nelson Arroyo was taken to Monmouth Medical Center for X-rays after he fell off his mount, Alex's Castledream, in the tunnel before Thursday's ninth race. His agent, Al Dellape, said that the horse stepped on Arroyo's foot and the X-rays were for precautionary purposes.