10/11/2004 11:00PM

Jockeys largely unhurt after spill at Delta


Trey Agilar, Coby Bourque, and Kevin Deaville all escaped serious injury after being thrown from their mounts in a three-horse spill in the stretch run of the second race Saturday night at Delta. Agilar, an apprentice, suffered fractures in two fingers on his right hand and will be sidelined for three weeks, said his agent, Jerry Bourque.

Bourque also represents Marlon St. Julien, who was thrown from his mount one race later when the horse ducked into the rail. St. Julien plans to return Thursday night at Delta.

"It looked real bad when it happened for both of them, but thank God, they're all right," said Bourque.

Agilar saw a specialist Monday. The injury comes at an inopportune time for the 17-year-old, who ranks second in the standings after getting off to a fast start at Delta.

Coby Bourque had a little soreness in his back as a result of the spill, but is expected to return to the saddle this weekend.

"Coby's doing excellent," said his agent, Judy Dufrene.

The status of Deaville could not be confirmed Tuesday. He was not named on any Friday mounts at Delta.

The spill was caused when Agilar's mount, The Vegas Gal, clipped heels over the sloppy track with the eventual winner, Breaking Ruhls, and fell. The two other horses fell over the downed horse. Breaking Ruhls was disqualified and placed seventh.

Abajo colt tops mixed sale at Delta

A weanling colt from the first crop of Abajo topped the winter mixed sale put on by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Sales Company on Sunday at Delta. The colt brought $22,500 from Robin Grant. He is out of a winning Valid Appeal mare, Valid Belle, and was consigned by Lemesa Stallions. Abajo was a multiple stakes winner of $603,924.