08/04/2002 12:00AM

Migliore escapes serious injury


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jockey Richard Migliore was to remain overnight in a Saratoga hospital, but appeared to escape serious injury as a result of a spill during the running of Sunday's Jim Dandy Stakes.

``He's got a bruised arm and a bruised sternum, but nothing is broken and that's a relief,'' said Drew Mollica, the agent for Migliore. ``When he feels better, we'll go back to work.''

Mollica said Migliore would not ride Monday at Saratoga where he is listed on six mounts. Mollica did not rule out a return to work Wednesday, but that decision wouldn't be made until then. Tuesday is a dark day at Saratoga.

Migliore was aboard Iron Deputy in Sunday's Jim Dandy when he clipped heels with Quest and unseated Migliore, who was hurled hard to the ground. Quest, under Javier Castellano, had come over on Iron Deputy at the three-sixteenths pole. Though Quest finished second, he was disqualified and placed last.

Migliore was complaining of pain to his right arm - the same arm he broke in a spill at Belmont Park in July - and was taken to Saratoga Hospital where X-rays and a CAT-scan were negative. Still, Migliore was kept overnight for observation.

The spill couldn't have come at a worse time for Migliore, who rode two winners on Sunday's card and had nine for the meet. That put him in a three-way tie with Jose Santos and Jorge Chavez for fourth in the standings.