08/19/2013 12:56PM

Ferndale: Matt Garcia fractures spine in spill


Jockey Matt Garcia suffered a C7 fracture of the spine during a spill on Sunday at the Humboldt County Fair meet in Ferndale, Calif., according to track publicity director Ellis Davis.

Garcia, the leading rider at the meet, was flown from Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna to Santa Rosa on Sunday night. Doctors there could find no indication of paralysis, Davis said.

Garcia, who had already ridden three winners on the card, was in good position aboard 7-10 favorite Madison Shore in the sixth race on Sunday when his mount veered out and bumped Imasassytwo on the first turn, dumping Garcia.

Garcia got up and made it to safety in the infield, and initially he was thought to have injured his left elbow. But a CT scan showed the spinal fracture and he was transported to Santa Rosa where specialists could examine the injury.

Madison Shore eventually jumped the outer fence and ran back to the barn area, running over one person, who was uninjured.


Pale Rider More than 1 year ago
A dangerous game. Best of luck and a fast recovery!
Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
Horrible spill. Went down so quickly it was hard to figure out what transpired-I assume it was clipping heels. Hope he has a speedy 100% recovery..
commenting More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness... best wishes to Matt. Be safe out there everyone!
Jesus Fausto More than 1 year ago
My prayers are with Matt Garcia
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Arnulfo Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
and what does this has to do do with matt garcia
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Hoping Matt makes a quick recovery. Weird imagining that horse jumping the fence and running loose back to the barn. Wild stuff.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Some horses will continue to run the race after a rider is unseated. However, others are more like humans, they simply "head for home" a place where they feel safe. Smart horse, he knew right where his stall was located. I do hope Matt will be OK. Those of us who bet on NY races in the winter at the Big A miss Ramon Dominguez who has had to retire from racing. Hope some day he can come back as a trainer and/or in the broadcast booth.
John Flynn More than 1 year ago
My Prayers are with Matt. This is AWFUL.
michael More than 1 year ago
Get well soon Garcia.
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
Get Healthy Matt....Praying for ya'....
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Hey Matt take care. Hope all goes well.