04/12/2013 4:33PM

Tampa Bay: Centeno, Coa avoid serious injury in spill


Leading rider Daniel Centeno and fellow jockey Daniel Coa escaped serious injury Friday when both were involved in a spill during the running of the fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs.

Centeno, atop the rider standings at Tampa with 77 wins, was aboard the heavily favored Basilone when the 5-year-old, second-time starter broke down and fell leaving the turn of the six- furlong maiden claiming sprint. Coa, who was aboard Duppyzapper, was unseated when his mount swerved attempting to avoid the fallen horse and rider.

Coa was examined at the track and cleared to ride later in the card while Centeno was taken for examination at St. Joseph's Hospital where he was examined and released. His agent, Mike Moran, said Centeno was "pretty sore" and would see how he felt Saturday morning before deciding on whether to accept mounts for that card.

Basilone had to be euthanized while Duppyzapper was not seriously injured.