07/10/2002 12:00AM

Rosario stable after Colonial spill


Jockey Yamil Rosario was in stable condition with a head injury Wednesday after being thrown from his mount and trampled during a race at Colonial Downs on Tuesday evening, The Associated Press reported.

Rosario was on Pyrite Missy in the fifth race when the horse clipped heels with another runner on the first turn and went down, throwing Rosario forward. Rosario was trampled by Pyrite Missy and possibly others. The semi-conscious rider was taken to Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond.

Rosario was listed in critical condition Tuesday night and was upgraded to stable on Wednesday. Hospital officials would not characterize the extent of his injury.

George Clark, a Colonial stable manager, said two jockeys went to see Rosario on Tuesday night and that he recognized one visitor but not the other.

Another jockey, Omar Klinger, broke a finger and his collarbone in the same incident when his horse, Queen Cayman, tripped on Pyrite Missy and threw him.

Neither horse involved was seriously injured.