11/29/2005 12:00AM

Jockey Cuevas still hospitalized


Jockey Hector Cuevas suffered a severe back injury on Friday during trials for the Los Alamitos Million Futurity for 2-year-old Quarter Horses and remained hospitalized late Monday.

Cuevas, a native of Mexico, underwent seven hours of surgery Saturday. According to his friends, he was sitting up in his hospital bed on Sunday, but he had limited feeling in his lower extremities.

Cuevas, 20, was thrown from Southern Icon in the evening's second race. Southern Icon fell and rolled over Cuevas. Southern Icon died from apparent internal injuries, according to track officials.

Because California trainers are required to carry worker's compensation policies that include riders, Cuevas's insurance costs are fully covered, a track official said.

Prankster CF euthanized

Prankster CF, the leading 870-yard horse in the nation, was euthanized Saturday after fracturing his right knee in trials for the $175,000 Marathon National at Los Alamitos. Owned by Joan Dale Hubbard and trained by Jones, Prankster CF had won his first seven races over 870 yards, including five stakes.