01/19/2004 12:00AM

Rivera should return Thursday


ALBANY, Calif. - Jockey Jose Luis Rivera Jr. suffered chest bruises but no broken bones after a spill aboard Brave Solution in Sunday's sixth race at Golden Gate Fields.

Rivera was examined and released at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. He is expected to resume riding Thursday. Brave Solution, a 3-year-old colt, suffered fatal injuries and had to be euthanized.