08/11/2011 4:40PM

Saratoga: Castellano OK after spill


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jockey Javier Castellano escaped a nasty-looking spill Thursday at Saratoga and is expected to ride on Friday.

Castellano was aboard Doing Great in the $76,000 Lucy Scribner Stakes when that horse, who was setting the pace in the six-horse field, fell approaching the five-sixteenths pole. New York Racing Association officials confirmed that the horse suffered a fatal cardiovascular collapse.

Castellano appeared to hit the turf hard and lay on the ground for several minutes. He was removed from the track by emergency medical personnel on a stretcher and taken to the first-aid station, where he was examined and released. Castellano said he simply had the wind knocked out of him, and he walked back to the jockeys' room under his own power.

Though Castellano had to take off his mount in Thursday's last race, Castellano said he would ride Friday.

Castellano said Doing Great was "traveling good" during the running of the Lucy Scribner when he said all of a sudden she began to bolt.

"She lost her balance and 'boom' I went [down]," Castellano said. "Somebody told me the they think the horse had a heart attack, which makes sense because she traveled so good and just bolted."

Earlier in the day, Castellano was on Black Train, who acted up in the gate and had to be scratched from the fifth race.

Castellano is the third-leading rider at the Saratoga meet with 22 wins.