04/19/2005 11:00PM

Kaenel, 17, hurt in spill


Kyle Kaenel, the second-leading rider at the Turf Paradise meeting, suffered a broken C-2 vertebra and shoulder in a spill in Tuesday's eighth race.

Kaenel, 17, has been admitted to John C. Lincoln Hospital, which specializes in sports-related injuries, and, according to track officials, was being fitted for a halo on Wednesday that will restrict movement in his neck and speed the healing process.

"The break was clean with no displacement," said Kaenel's agent, Steve Nolan. "There's no paralysis. He has complete movement of his body."

Kaenel was riding Manton in the one-mile turf allowance race when his mount ducked inward and appeared to jump the inside rail, throwing Kaenel to the ground. Manton suffered only minor injuries in the incident.

Kaenel, the son of rider "Cowboy" Jack Kaenel, who won the 1982 Preakness aboard Aloma's Ruler, had planned to depart for the upcoming Arlington Park meet following this weekend's races.