01/19/2013 3:07PM

Santa Anita: Krigger avoids serious injury after going down in spill

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ARCADIA, Calif. – Jockey Kevin Krigger was released from a Pasadena hospital Friday evening after being involved in a frightening spill earlier that day in a turf race at Santa Anita.

Krigger was aboard Ricspretentiousgal when the filly clipped heels with Indecise near the eighth pole. Krigger was briefly unconscious, but had regained consciousness before being transported to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.

He underwent a precautionary MRI before being released in the evening, according to his agent, Tom Knust. Krigger did not have any mounts at Santa Anita on Saturday and is expected to ride at Santa Anita on Thursday.

Krigger is scheduled to ride at Oaklawn Park on Monday. He intended to work horses at Santa Anita on Sunday morning to ensure that he was comfortable enough to resume riding.

Krigger, 30, won the Grade 3 Sham Stakes on the Triple Crown hopeful Goldencents on Jan. 5. He had three wins last Thursday. Through Friday, he had seven wins at the meeting and was tied for seventh in the standings.

Indecise won the optional claimer but was disqualified and listed as unplaced. Indecise was ridden by Garrett Gomez, who later won an optional claimer on the hillside turf course with the promising 4-year-old filly Purim’s Dancer.

After Purim’s Dancer’s win, Gomez said the accident with Krigger was unfortunate, but can occur when horses run in close proximity.

“It was a good day until that incident,” he said. “Any minor adjustment and that stuff can happen. People don’t understand how tight it is out there.”

Ex-jockey collects first local win as trainer

Emily Mode, a former jockey who turned to training in 2011, saddled her first career winner at Santa Anita with Fiesta Express in a $12,500 claimer Friday.

Mode, 28, has a four-horse stable and said Saturday that she is hoping to increase the stable to 20 runners at some point. She said seven 2-year-olds are scheduled to join the stable in the spring.

Mode won her first race at Del Mar last summer with Economy of Motion.

Fiesta Express was her fifth starter of the current winter-spring meeting.

“It’s so exciting to win a race here,” she said. “I thought we had a real big shot, but we were in kind of a slump.”

World-record holder retires

Bob Black Jack, who once held the six-furlong world record of 1:06.53, has been retired to stud at McCallum View Farm in Tularosa, N.M., trainer Jim Kasparoff said.

Bob Black Jack, a California-bred by Stormy Jack, won 5 of 13 starts and $704,925. He won four stakes, setting the world record in the 2008 Sunshine Millions Dash and winning the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes that year.

His final stakes win was the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes in 2010.

Bob Black Jack will stand for $2,500.

Amazombie returns to Spawr’s barn

Amazombie, the champion sprinter of 2011, rejoined trainer Bill Spawr’s stable at Santa Anita last week after being given a break in recent months.

A winner of 12 of 29 starts and $1,920,378, Amazombie is expected to resume racing in April.

In 2012, Amazombie won two stakes, including the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar. He lost his last two starts of the year, including an eighth in the BC Sprint at Santa Anita, a race he won at Churchill Downs in 2011.

Rick Hulce More than 1 year ago
Ever since the DRF's Brad Free reported Gutierrez as being "dismissive and aloof, and unreliable to deliver trouble-free rides on a consistent basis", the kid has lost all of his business, is getting dropped by fellow riders and has gotten no breaks from the stewards.
catinabox More than 1 year ago
I find it interesting that Kevin's dropped by a horse clipping heels, and a few days ago, Mario was dropped when 2 horses came in and out on him and clipped heels (nothing happened with that one, no DQ). What are these SA riders up to?
Justin More than 1 year ago
They call it aggressive race riding... These things happen.