07/03/2005 11:00PM

Lambert injured at Lone Star Park


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Jockey Casey Lambert was taken to Methodist Hospital in Dallas for treatment for a broken jaw, fractured ribs and punctured lung after a spill in the ninth race Monday at Lone Star Park. Lambert was injured when his mount, Eunever, broke down near the quarter pole. He was listed in stable condition as of Monday night, according to Eddie Rodriguez, the assistant chaplain at Lone Star who was with some family members at Methodist Hospital.

Jockeys Cathleen Garner and Jesus Rodriguez were thrown from their mounts in the same race, when unable to avoid Eunever, but both escaped serious injury. Garner was aboard Dazzling Embrace and Rodriguez was riding Rox Solid.

Eunever fell past the quarter pole while advancing toward the leaders, and Lambert was thrown and subsequently hit by trailing horses. He was unconscious for a few minutes, but regained consciousness soon after the spill and had movement in all of his extremities, according to officials with Lone Star.

"He's banged up pretty good, but the good news is that the doctors said there appears to be no head trauma or head injuries," said Rodriguez. "They said he's going to need some plastic surgery for his broken jaw in the next couple of days."

Lambert is a 39-year-old native of New Mexico. He is the seventh-leading rider at Lone Star.

Dazzling Embrace and Rox Solid, who did not fall, walked back to their barn, but Eunever was vanned off following the race Monday.