04/09/2015 7:16PM

Jockey Angel Cruz uninjured in spill

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Jockey Angel Cruz escaped injury after being involved in a spill Thursday at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, NY - Apprentice jockey Angel Cruz escaped injury after being involved in a spill during the running of Aqueduct's eighth race Thursday and hopes to ride Friday at Aqueduct.

He most certainly will be back by Saturday when he is scheduled to ride Bridget's Big Luvy in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

On Thursday, Cruz was aboard Black Friday Rush in Aqueduct's eighth race. Around the far turn, a horse stopped in front of him and Black Friday Rush clipped heels and went down, unseating Cruz. Black Friday Rush, trained by Joe Orseno, got up and ran free before bring apprehended by an outrider. He was uninjured.

Cruz was taken off the track on a stretcher and transported to nearby Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where it was believed that he was being examined for a possible head injury.

At the hospital, Cruz was alert and smiling and at one point asked for chicken. He had no abrasions on his face or head.

Cruz was awaiting the results of some bloodwork and was expected to be released later Thursday evening. Cruz still needs clearance from the track doctor to ride Friday.

Cruz, 20, is the leading rider at the Aqueduct spring meet, with 10 winners from 31 mounts. He's had three three-win days from the first six days of the meet.

Cruz, a finalist for the Eclipse Award as North America's leading apprentice rider in 2014, was the fourth leading rider during Aqueduct's inner track meet.

Debbie Clark More than 1 year ago
So how did Angel do this weekend, does anyone have his update status.
Gary Camejo More than 1 year ago
All the best young man......get well very soon
Kathy Metz More than 1 year ago
So happy you are ok Angel. I will be watching for you on Saturday. Best of luck to you Kathy
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Dave Oster More than 1 year ago
Good Luck Ruth,,working part time to give sexual satisfaction to old men is wonderful....just hope your worthy of a tip,,which I dought!
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Good news. Never met him, but the kid can flat out ride. Glad he's ok.
Rosemarie Cola More than 1 year ago
Glad all came back in one piece. Please don't forget the PDJF.
Laura More than 1 year ago
get this man some chicken!
Deana Dameron More than 1 year ago
Glad he is ok. No one has mentioned the status of the horse, is he/she ok?
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
read the article
DD PR More than 1 year ago
Yes, he needs to read.
Rick Marciniak More than 1 year ago
TVG was saying he had an acute head injury. now uninjured. Seriously unreliable sources early on.
Speedjama More than 1 year ago
Rick - Not trying to be critical, but your first mistake is NOT having the mute button on TVG. Those guys are clueless. Tell them to bring back Jeff Siegel.
Dave Oster More than 1 year ago
TVG is the horse racing brodcast service for retards,,,,,,,,MUST be muted
Rick Marciniak More than 1 year ago
Hey Guys... I was looking at some of the races. I learned from my mistake by leaving my volume on. #Burned
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
get well soon son.