04/26/2013 2:53PM

Churchill Downs: Quinonez injured in training accident


Jockey Luis Quinonez will be sidelined three or four months after sustaining two fractured vertebrae in a Tuesday morning spill at Churchill, according to agent Monty Penney.

Quinonez, 46, was astride a 5-year-old named Bid a Moon for trainer Lynn Whiting when the horse broke down during a workout. Bid a Moon, claimed off a win last month at Oaklawn Park for $30,000, had to be euthanized.

Quinonez had intended to ride regularly at Churchill for the first time and had plenty of business lined up with trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel, who has a full barn of horses at Churchill. Instead, Quinonez will return to Oklahoma to recuperate after being released from a Louisville hospital, said Penney.

Quinonez, a native of Sinaloa, Mexico, has won 3,286 races, riding primarily in the Midwest since starting his career in 1989.

Keeneland: Apprentice misjudges line

The Kentucky stewards have levied a $2,500 fine against apprentice rider Alexander Castillo for misjudging the finish line in the last race Thursday at Keeneland, an error that cost his mount a placing.

Castillo was aboard a 44-1 shot named Arch of Titus when the gelding appeared on his way to finishing second behind the runaway odds-on winner, Horvat Clan. But Castillo stopped riding and his mount eased up, allowing Zane to retake second, with Arch of Titus, trained by Walt Bindner Jr., settling for third.

Misjudging the wire in such races is not altogether uncommon. Keeneland runs many Polytrack races at 1  1/16 miles, with the finish wire at what otherwise is the sixteenth pole. The race in question, however, was at 1 1/8 miles, with the regular finish wire being another half-furlong down the stretch.

Acting chief steward Barbara Borden said a hearing determined the act was unintentional. Through Thursday, Castillo, 17, has won with 3 of 41 mounts in North America.