12/30/2002 12:00AM

Golden Gate jockey sore but okay

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ALBANY, Calif. - Jockey Macario Rodriguez was slightly injured Sunday when Palermitano broke down 20 yards from the finish line in the second race at Golden Gate Fields.

Rodriguez, who has 11 victories at the meeting, had bruised knees and a sore right wrist after sliding into one of the posts holding up the inner rail. X-rays revealed no broken bones.

Palermitano, a 3-year-old gelding who was running second when he fell, fractured his left front leg and had to be euthanized.