02/11/2011 5:15PM

Cedillo suffers fractures in Thursday spill at Santa Anita


Apprentice jockey Abel Cedillo suffered a fractured bone in his back in a two-horse spill in the first race Thursday, his agent, Roger Olguin, told Santa Anita publicity officials Friday.

Cedillo, 22, a native of Guatemala, is expected to miss up to two weeks of racing, Olguin said.

Cedillo was riding Saint’s Crown who clipped heels with pacesetter Sky Brite Miss, causing Saint’s Crown to fall. Lucy Got Lucky, who was trailing Saint’s Crown, fell, unseating jockey Victor Espinoza. Espinoza took off the remainder of his mounts Thursday and was scheduled to ride Friday.

Cedillo was briefly hospitalized but was released later Thursday, Olguin said. Cedillo has won 54 races in the United States. After riding at Calder and Golden Gate Fields, Cedillo relocated from Golden Gate Fields to Southern California in December. At the current Santa Anita meeting, Cedillo has one win from 71 mounts.

Lucy Got Lucky was euthanized as a result of injuries suffered in the spill, according to track officials. A 5-year-old mare, she won 5 of 24 starts, including an allowance race at Turf Paradise in December and a $9,000 claimer here Jan. 23.

Saint’s Crown, who was claimed for $8,000 by trainer Eric Kruljac on Thursday, suffered a fractured bone in her face, Kruljac said. A winner of 3 of 40 starts, Saint’s Crown will be retired and bred this spring, Kruljac said.