07/18/2005 11:00PM

Finger Lakes rider hospitalized


Jockey Omar Camejo was airlifted from Finger Lakes Race Course to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., Tuesday afternoon after being thrown from his mount and struck by a trailing horse on the first turn of the seventh race.

Paramedics treated Camejo on the racetrack for 30 minutes before moving him, according to the track's publicist, Steve Martin, and the final two races on the Finger Lakes card were canceled.

The extent of Camejo's injuries was unavailable late Tuesday afternoon.

Camejo was riding One El of a Lady in the mile and 70-yard allowance race when his mount was put in tight quarters nearing the seven-eighths pole. Camejo was unseated after One El of a Lady propped, bucked, and jumped, according to the Equibase chart of the race.

Camejo, 29, emigrated from Cuba in 1999 and began riding in Florida in 2000. He is currently fourth in the Finger Lakes standings with 37 victories.

According to Martin, Finger Lakes carries ontrack insurance to cover jockeys' medical expenses up to $100,000.