01/06/2007 12:00AM

Riders sore, but apparently okay after spill


ARCADIA, Calif. - Jockeys Agapito Delgadillo and Ramon Guce apparently escaped serious injury following a terrifying accident in Saturday's fifth race at Santa Anita.

Delgadillo's mount, Winrwinrchickndinr, broke down badly in his left front leg at the top of the stretch of the 6 1/2-furlong race for $10,000 claimers while in third place in the 14-horse field. Guce's mount, Sabalucious, could not avoid the prone Winrwinrchickndinr and fell over both he and Delgadillo. Guce was thrown in front of Sabalucious, who appeared to hit Guce as he galloped by.

Both riders were removed via ambulances and taken to Arcadia Methodist Hospital across the street from the track.

Rolando Hevia Jr., the agent for Delgadillo, on Saturday night said both riders were sore but otherwise uninjured. He said Delgadillo was still awaiting X-rays on his right shoulder, which was sore. He said Guce, who was in an adjoining bed to Delgadillo, was complaining of pain in his lower back, and had cuts and abrasions on his face.

"Both for the most part escaped serious injury," Hevia said.

Winrwinrchickndinr was euthanized on the track. Sabalucious galloped away under his own power.