03/12/2003 12:00AM

Steiner out of hospital

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Jockey Joe Steiner was released from Arcadia Methodist hospital last weekend but will be out of action until early May while recovering from injuries suffered in a spill on Feb. 26 at Santa Anita.

Steiner suffered a broken right heel and facial injuries in a one-horse spill. Earlier this month, Steiner underwent surgery to have a pin inserted in his heel and plate placed in his cheekbone to stabilize a fracture. The pin will be removed in six weeks, according to his wife, Jane.

"They said they were going to leave the pin in for two weeks, but they've decided to leave it for six weeks," she said. "There's still a certain amount of swelling where the plate was put in."

Steiner had one win in 58 starts at this meeting. Last fall, he worked as an extra on the "Seabiscuit" movie, participating in some of the race riding scenes and working as a double for jockey Gary Stevens, who played George Woolf.

By returning in early May, Steiner will resume riding at Hollywood Park.

"He's doing really well," Jane Steiner said. "We've got to keep our fingers crossed that he won't have any setbacks."