Updated on 08/15/2010 1:30PM

Jockey cleared to ride after Saratoga paddock accident


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan, kicked in the paddock before the third race Saturday at Saratoga, was discharged from Albany Medical Center shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday and has been cleared by doctors to ride, according to Dan Silver, director of communications and media relations for the New York Racing Association.

Bridgmohan was "kicked by his mount in the abdominal area," according to Silver. He was scheduled to ride first-time starter Cincinnati Kid, who was subsequently scratched.

Bridgmohan, laying on his back near the outer rail at the north end of the paddock, was attended to by medical personnel, who put a protective plastic brace over his chest, immobilized his neck, and then strapped him to a stretcher for transportation to Albany Medical Center, about 25 minutes away. Bridgmohan appeared to be communicating with the personnel.

"He is conscious," Silver said when Bridgmohan left the track.

Bridgmohan is the brother of jockey Shaun Bridgmohan.