08/05/2002 12:00AM

Migliore not seriously hurt


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jockey Richard Migliore was bruised but not broken as a result of a spill in Sunday's Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. Though he took off his six mounts on Monday, Migliore was hopeful he could return to the saddle on Wednesday or Thursday.

Migliore was aboard Iron Deputy in the Jim Dandy when his horse clipped heels with Quest, who under Javier Castellano came in at the three-sixteenths pole. Migliore was unseated and hurled hard to the ground. Though Quest finished second, he was disqualified and placed last.

On Monday, Castellano was hit with a 10-day suspension for careless riding. Castellano was granted a stay after filing an appeal.

Migliore was taken to Saratoga Hospital, where X-rays on his right arm - the same arm he broke in a July 1999 spill - and a CAT-scan were negative. Migliore was also complaining of bruised ribs. He remained in the hospital overnight for observation, and was released on Monday morning.

"I'm sore, a little beat up, but not broken," Migliore said. "They kept me overnight to make sure everything was all right. My right arm is pretty swollen. They had it wrapped in ice all night. My ribs are bruised, but I feel 100 percent better today than I did yesterday."

Migliore was to visit with doctors in Albany on Tuesday and receive physical therapy in hopes of reducing the swelling in his right arm.

Migliore had ridden two winners on Sunday's card and has nine for the meet.