08/20/2013 7:31AM

Ferndale: Garcia remains hospitalized with broken vertebrae, rib

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Matt Garcia was injured in a spill at Ferndale on Sunday.

Matt Garcia will not need immediate surgery but remains hospitalized after suffering multiple fractures from a sixth-race spill at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale, Calif., on Sunday, according to track publicity director Ellis Davis. Garcia fractured two vertebrae in his neck, the C5 and C6, and two lumbar vertebrae, the L7 and L8, and also broke a rib.

Garcia fell after his mount, the odds-on favorite Madison Shore, drifted out on the first turn. Garcia was unseated when Madison Shore made contact with Imasassytwo. Garcia appeared to get clipped by Imasassytwo’s rear legs, but was able to get up and move to safety under the inside rail.

After being taken to Redwood Memorial Hospital in nearby Fortuna, Garcia was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where the full extent of his injuries was discovered.

Davis said that Garcia remains in great pain and will undergo further tests at the Santa Rosa hospital.

Garcia, 43, had won three races earlier Sunday. He is the defending riding champion at Ferndale and had won seven races during the meet’s first four days.

doug spencer More than 1 year ago
Praying for My good friend Matt .. !!
JOHN More than 1 year ago
A very dependable longshot rider, a natural. He looked headed for the big time in the 90s. Not sure what happened.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Please elaborate on why he was run out of soCal. I do remember he threw an elbow at Robbie Albarado during a race at Del Mar years ago. I don't know about other items.
PennNatRick More than 1 year ago
I understand you need this info to have closure in your life, but GET OVER IT!
PennNatRick More than 1 year ago
Post was intended for the person below...regards.
laurel More than 1 year ago
A very good rider who was run out of SoCAl for very poor reasons (and not his marital problems)..had his ups and downs ,my best wishes are for a very speedy recovery