09/28/2001 11:00PM

Quarter Horse jockey badly hurt


ARCADIA, Calif. - Oscar Andrade, the second-ranked Quarter Horse jockey at Los Alamitos, was left partly paralyzed after suffering a spinal- cord injury in a spill on Thursday night, according to a statement issued by the racetrack. Andrade was aboard Ali Mc Cash in a 300-yard race for maidens when the horse fell.

"He can move his hands and talk, but he has no feeling in his legs," trainer Jaime Gomez said. "He doesn't remember it. This is terrible. He was a really good kid. He had no bad habits. I don't know why these things happen." Andrade, 21, began riding at Los Alamitos in 1999. Last year, he was the rider of Secret Card, who gave the jockey his biggest career win in the $385,600 Kindergarten Futurity. This year, Andrade won the Kindergarten Futurity on Sassy Smith.