08/28/2006 12:00AM

Jockey Martin Garcia injured


DEL MAR, Calif. - Jockey Martin Garcia was taken to Scripps Hospital in Encinitas, Calif., on Monday for X-rays of his right wrist after being unseated from his mount Valiant Blues at the start of the sixth race.

Valiant Blues appeared to clip the heels of the horse just to his inside, Sea Driver, only a few strides out of the gate in the one-mile race. Garcia landed heavily on the track, and track workers acted quickly to get him off the race course, being as he was laying prone only yards in front of the finish line. The race continued without interruption.

Garcia, an apprentice, is second in the standings at Del Mar with 35 wins, 12 behind Victor Espinoza.?He has had a star-crossed summer at Del Mar, wracking up 25 days in suspensions, all of which he appealed. On Monday morning, he reached an agreement with stewards to serve 22 days, beginning Friday, in exchange for dropping his appeals.