01/04/2007 1:00AM

Bridgmohan suffers multiple fractures in spill

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Apprentice Jermaine Bridgmohan suffered a broken collarbone, broken right hand and two broken ribs in a frightening spill during the running of the fifth race on Wednesday's opening day program at Gulfstream Park.

Bridgmohan, the leading rider at the recently concluded Tropical at Calder meet, fell after his mount Toms Mulligan appeared to clip heels in traffic while near the lead going into the first turn of the 1 1/8-mile grass race. Toms Mulligan escaped the incident without injury.

"He's resting a lot more comfortably this morning but he's still in a lot of pain," Bridgmohan's agent Cory Moran said from Hollywood East Memorial Hospital on Thursday morning. "Fortunately none of his injuries will require any surgery. It's just going to be a matter of time and healing and rest. Right now it's impossible to say just how long he'll be sidelined."

Bridgmohan, 18, the younger brother of the New York-based journeyman Shaun Bridgmohan, began his riding career at Calder in July and established a new Tropical at Calder victory mark by riding 110 winners during the 60-day meet. He had been scheduled to ride eight of the nine races on Wednesday's opening day card at Gulfstream and all nine races on Friday's program.