07/17/2006 12:00AM

Louisiana Downs riders in row


Jockeys Lonnie Meche and Jose Verenzuela were involved in an altercation as their mounts were being unsaddled after Sunday's first race at Louisiana Downs, a track official said.

Verenzuela rode the 6-5 favorite, Literary Row, and Meche rode the 9-5 second choice, Campinout. The two alternated for the lead through fast fractions for six furlongs of the 1 1/16-mile turf race, and both were passed by Summertime Mood and Charming Kid. Literary Row gained the nod over Campinout for the show spot.

Both riders apparently were injured in the incident, as they both were taken off the remainder of their mounts by medical personnel. Louisiana Downs stewards declined comment other than to say that a hearing would be on Thursday.