09/24/2005 12:00AM

Injured jockey in intensive care


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Apprentice jockey Martin Garcia, remains in the intensive care unit of Stanford Hospital with a severe concussion sustained when his mount fell in Friday night's sixth race at Bay Meadows.

Gracia, a 20-year-old apprentice from Vera Cruz, Mexico, third in the standings behind Russell Baze and Roberto Gonzalez, was injured when his mount Cruz'n Memo stumbled and fell on the far turn.

He pitched face first onto the track and was hit in the head by a rival's hoof that dented the top of his riding helmet.

Garcia underwent a CAT scan upon his arrival at the hospital Friday night and a second on Saturday.

"There was a significant amount of bruising to the brain, so he will be monitored closely for three to four days in the ICU," said Bay Meadows track physician Dr. David Seftel.

In addition to the concussion, Garcia suffered a fractured nose, but X-rays revealed no facial fractures or other structural damage.