02/13/2011 6:34PM

Jockeys avoid serious injury in four-horse spill at Big A


Four jockeys thrown from their mounts in Sunday's ninth race at Aqueduct all appeared to escape serious injury.

Jockeys Brian Pedroza and Charlie Amaro were both taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where X-rays taken on both riders were negative, according to Steve Rushing, agent for Pedroza. Rushing also represents Ramon Dominguez, who went to the hospital after the races and spoke with Rushing.

Meanwhile, jockeys Nazario Alvarado and Abel Lezcano were able to walk away from the spill and did not have to go to the hospital.

Amaro, who was subbing for the absent Tyler Kaplan who did not ride on Sunday, was aboard Honor Ernesto, who broke down midway around the far turn of the six-furlong race for 3-year-old New York-bred maiden claimers. Rightuplynn'salley, ridden by Pedroza, Trinity Warrior, under Lezcano, and Soft Parade, under Alvarado, all barreled into Honor Ernesto. Honor Ernesto fractured both sesamoids in his right foreleg and also suffered a collapsed left knee and had to be euthanized. The other three horses all got up and ran loose before being apprehended by outriders. All three appeared to escape injury.