11/16/2005 12:00AM

Hoosier Park no contest race, cancellation


ANDERSON, Ind. - A spill in the first race and winter weather resulted in a no-contest being declared and led to the cancellation of racing after the third race at Hoosier Park on Wednesday evening.

In the first race, a maiden claiming event going one mile Version, ridden by Hector Rosario Jr., came out over heels, clipping another rival and falling entering the first turn. The stricken horse then got back up with a broken leg and came upstretch, collapsing on the inner rail about 100 yards beyond the finish line. As the rest of the field raced into the stretch, outriders waved off the riders and the field was pulled up before reaching the wire. Cape Fear also suffered a catastrophic injury later in the first turn and was pulled up on the backstretch.

Stewards declared the race a no-contest. Rosario was reportedly transported by ambulance to Anderson Community Hospital and no further information was available.

The track was listed as muddy for official Equibase results charts although the postings on the infield tote board and television monitors listed the track as fast. The track condition was listed as frozen on Equibase charts for the third race with temperatures dropping into the teens. Following the third race, the riders voted not to continue due the deteriorating and unsafe condition of the track.